The Oswego YMCA is currently closed.
Updated June 26th, 2020
We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, members, and program participants very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. New information has been released by our state and regional officials that will NOT permit gyms and fitness centers to reopen at the start of phase 4. Due to this change, our tentative date has been postponed. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies so we can continue to support our members and community as needed. We are all in this together! We have been working hard during this time planning the safe reopening of your Y. We will continue to serve the community through our mission focused work and stay hopeful for more information on reopening in the coming days. We cannot thank you enough for your patience. Please note that everything we are doing today, it is to ensure we are ready to serve you when we reopen our doors. We will continue to hold outdoor classes and Y summer camp as previously planned. We still do not have a lot of answers, but we promise to share any information with you as soon as we have it.
For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or our Oswego County health department website https://health.oswegocounty.com/
Updated June 3rd, 2020
Dear YMCA Members & Community,
On behalf of the entire team at the Y, we'd like to take a moment to say thank you again for your
loyalty and continued support of the Y. The outpouring of messages, calls, donations, food and
supplies has been extraordinary. We love our Y family and can’t wait to get back together again.
The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard
to evolve so that we can continue to show up in a meaningful way for you our members, our
employees and our community.
Your Y has charged to the front lines to serve the community with vital programs rather than just
being “Closed.” Part of our evolution has meant serving you in new ways with a live virtual schedule
of classes and programs, an on-demand library of activities, community partnerships with the
Oswego City School District and local businesses, providing food to families in need and activating
emergency child care operations for essential personnel. We will to continue to bring you the
service and support you need, even if it may look a little di"erent from in the past.
Your Y is taking a careful, phased-in approach to reopening in the safest manner possible, so you
can access the services and support you miss and need the most. The safety and well-being of
everyone in our community — especially our most vulnerable neighbors — is our top priority. The
way we interact with each other will be di"erent when we reopen, but the mission of the Y remains
the same: to provide programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
We have heard your concerns and have established a priority “cleanliness & wellness” protocol.
Members will be screened prior to entry; all surfaces - countertops, railings, switches, etc., will be
cleaned every two hours with products recognized by the EPA as e"ective cleaning agents for
COVID-19; social distancing will be enforced; our sta" will be required to wear a mask, and hand
sanitizing stations are located throughout the building. As we develop and share plans to reopen,
our focus—your health, and the health of our employees, are our priority—and every decision we
make is through that lens.
We want to be sure the approach we're taking to reopen is thoughtful, and that we're creating an
environment that's safe for everyone. Our services won't open all at once. We're going to take a
phased approach, reopening when it is allowed by state and local governments; we are prepared
with the right safety measures and protocols; and we have confidence we can ensure the safety and
well-being of our employees and members.
When one door closes, another door opens. While we can't wait to reopen your Y soon, we are
continuing to work hard to prepare for the return of our members! You will be excited to see the
improvements made to your Y from the moment you walk through the front doors. It's true, your Y
may look di"erent when you return, but your favorite sta" members will still be there to excitedly
welcome you back and provide the support you deserve to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.
We are the Y and so much more than a gym. We are your family, your community and we can’t wait to
see you again, soon.
Updated April 3rd, 2020
A Message from Kerrie Webb, Oswego YMCA Executive Director & CEO
Updated April 1st, 2020:
Just like every crisis before, we come together in the name of our humanity. And just like it’s
been for the last 165 years, our Y is here for good. Thank you for your patience as we
communicate the effects of this change. It’s been a complicated time for everyone, and we
appreciate you bearing with us. Your Y leadership staff has worked tirelessly responding to
some of the most pressing needs of our community and narrowing our focus as permitted by
state and national mandates. We have adapted and changed to meet the needs and
strengthen the foundations of our community.
What We’re Doing Right Now.
• We’re still here. We’ve kept our facility open, cleaned and sanitized, to provide critically
needed childcare to all City of Oswego essential workers, to ensure that they can
continue to work.
• We’re working with partners to provide food for children in need.
• We’re connecting with our seniors, our families and children through virtual classes and
social media messages.
Program & Membership Impact
Revenue from membership dues and programs keeps our facilities and membership services
running, including payroll and operational costs.
Help Us by Keeping an Active Membership
We need all hands on deck. Members who continue to pay their monthly membership dues are
our Sustaining Members – because they are helping us be resilient during this chaotic time.
We are asking you to stay with us. We understand that everyone is not in a position to do so
and we need you to do what is best for your situation.
Here are your options:
1. Be a Sustaining Y Member at your full monthly rate: Allow us to keep your monthly
membership draft active. Your dues will be considered a contribution to the cause and
be used to focus on sustaining YMCA operations and meeting community needs during
this crisis period. If you choose to do this, no action is required on your part. We will
continue to draft your membership and will provide you with documentation of your
charitable gift at the end of this period. You can change your mind at any time should
your situation change.
2. Be a Sustaining Y Member at reduced monthly rate: We know many people are
scared and uncertain of your circumstances. If you are unable to be a full sustaining
member, consider being a partial sustaining member at 50%. Just call us and we will be
happy to make the adjustment that fits your situation.
3. Place Your Membership on Hold: We know many people are scared and feeling
the pressures of this situation. If you are unable to be a sustaining member by
contributing your Y dues, place your membership on hold. We will discontinue your
monthly membership draft and resume the draft when we reopen. There is no charge
for putting your membership on hold during this shutdown period. You must call the Y to
put your membership on hold. A YMCA representative will be available Monday through
Friday from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm. Call us at 315-342-6082 Option “0”
Working Responsibly with Compassion
We are working around the clock uncovering every stone to reduce expenses and minimize
the extreme financial burden that this will cause our nonprofit organization. We are looking at
how to finance the deficits we will face. Not unlike other organizations, we have had to make
some very difficult decisions that affect the lives of our employees. Our employees are
our family, and we care deeply about the personal challenges this position will place on
them. We have the opportunity, right now, to decide what the future looks like. We want a
future of generosity, social justice and equal access to critical resources. We are learning much
in real-time, and we’re adapting.
Remaining Resilient and Strong
We can’t thank you enough for your support and understanding. We're working on other ways
we can support our community. We will continue to communicate with you through our website,
Facebook, and direct emails to members. If you have not received previous emails, now is a
good time to update your email address. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Most importantly, this is not forever. We’re standing by you during this trying time and ask that
you stand by us as well. There’s a bright future ahead, but the only way we will get there
is together. Thank you.
Update: March 16th, 2020
We understand that the closure of our facilities might feel abrupt and unexpected. We know
it is the right decision under these extraordinary circumstances because the health and
well-being of you, our members, and our valued staff is very important. We are in
close contact with the Oswego County Department of Public Health and other community
leaders to monitor the situation and are committed to reopen as soon as possible.
The health and safety of our community is our top priority.
The COVID-19 crisis has triggered an Emergency Child Care Plan to begin on Monday, March
16. The Fulton Family and Oswego YMCAs will expand childcare services to help meet the
needs of first responders and other essential workers in need of daytime childcare due to
the emergency-related closing of all schools in the region. Emergency Drop-In Child Care for
children in grades kindergarten through 6 begins Monday, March 16.
Care will be available at Fulton and Oswego YMCA’s. Hours of operation vary by location.
Costs of care will range from $34 per day for currently enrolled SACC participants to $44
per day for all others. Children currently in the School Age Child Care programs of either
YMCA are eligible as are the children of workers in essential services such as police, fire, emergency medical services, nursing and health care. Registration is on a first-come first-
served basis. To register for service at the Oswego YMCA, call 315-342-6082 and for the Fulton YMCA call 315-598-9622 during regular business hours.
At the same time, the two YMCAs will temporarily end all other services and
activities in order to assist in preventing the spread of Coronavirus, in line with
guidance received from state and federal authorities. YMCA buildings will be closed
except for staff and clients in childcare classes. The date of reopening of facilities will
depend on governmental guidance.
It’s more important than ever to live our YMCA mission of serving and strengthening our
communities. We know you still have a lot of questions. We do, too. All of us at Y are
grateful for the outpouring of support many of you have expressed. We are committed to
doing everything possible to secure the future of the YMCA, and all its services, as these
uncertain times continue. Closure for any length of time represents a significant threat to
our non-profit organization.
We cannot express the potentially devastating impact extensive cancellations could have.
We know the Y is an extension of your family and we remain honored and committed to serving you.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.