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All Old Colony Y branches have suspended in-branch operations effective March 17th. To view your membership options please click on "We're in this Together" below. Thank you for staying with us.

COVID-19 Response and FAQ

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we adjust to the challenging circumstances COVID-19 has presented to our Y and our community. We are constantly working to keep our members, participants, volunteers, and staff safe while still delivering on our promise to support our most vulnerable kids and families. This has been a difficult balance to strike, but with your help, we can sustain these crucial efforts. At Old Colony Y, everything we do is guided by our commitment to community needs. Right now, those needs have never been greater.

 

Membership

What are my membership options?

  • As members, you have access to an enormous catalog of virtual fitness and family programs that you can stream free on-demand right from your home.
  • Membership fees as of March 17, 2020 will be considered a tax deductible donation for as long as our facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is nothing you need to do at this time. If you do not wish to take the tax deduction, please indicate so on this form.
  • To modify your membership status, please fill out this quick form. Here, you can view a series of membership options and choose the one that works best for you.

Will my health insurer reimburse me for my gym fees?

What are you doing to support first responders and healthcare professionals?

  • We’re giving all first responders and healthcare professionals two free months of membership when we re-open. This applies to current and future members. To take advantage, just fill out this simple form.

 

Child Care

What child care programs are available right now?

  • Six Old Colony Y sites were selected by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Governor Baker’s office to offer emergency child care services to first responders, healthcare workers, essential personnel, and vulnerable populations.
  • We’re privileged to be able to offer this type of service to the people who are keeping our state running in a time of crisis. Every week, we're serving nearly 340 children in these critical programs.

 

Camp

For all camp questions, please visit the FAQ sheets below:

General camp information can be found here.

 

Programs

I signed up for a program that was either partially completed or not completed at all. What happens next?

  • For more information about your program registration or to speak with someone directly about your options, please contact your branch directly.
  • For those who were enrolled in programming that was not able to run to completion, a credit has been issued to your account for the value of the classes you did not receive.
  • If you would prefer to support the Old Colony YMCA's COVID Crisis Fund by donating your credit, please click here.
  • At the earliest opportunity, we plan to ramp up outdoor classes, recreational, and family opportunities in small groups. 

 

Supporting the Community

What are you doing to support first responders and healthcare professionals?

  • We’re giving all first responders and healthcare professionals two free months of membership when we re-open. This applies to current and future members. To take advantage, just fill out this simple form.

What are you doing to address food insecurity?

  • Since the crisis began in mid-March, we’ve distributed the grocery equivalent of 4,850 meals per week to children and families in our community.

How have your emergency shelters for families experiencing homelessness been affected?

  • Though our traditional YMCA branches are experiencing a temporary closure, we are still caring for vulnerable kids and families every day through our residential and community-based social service programs.
  • Within our Family Services Branch, the Y is home to 60 families experiencing homelessness – and in the community, we are providing support and resources to more than 200.
  • We continue to provide critical academic, social, and behavioral supports to kids and families.

Are you still able to provide Mental Health services during this time?

  • Yes! We’ve enabled telehealth and virtual group opportunities for mental health clients or people with immediate needs through our licensed Mental Health Clinic in Brockton and Family Resource Center in Taunton.

How have your branches mobilized to meet community needs?

  • All seven of our branches have pivoted from traditional operations to a mobilized effort to support our community.
  • Each branch is now serving as a donation drop-off site for food and basic needs items.
  • Our teams are also making phone calls every day to senior members of our Y to ensure their essential needs are being met and they remain socially connected.

 

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