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Rocky Mount, Va. (April 8, 2020) – There is a severe blood shortage across the country due to blood drive cancelations from the COVID-19 outbreak. The American Red Cross has seen approximately 5,000 blood drives canceled nationwide, along with an estimated 170,000 pints of blood being lost because of the cancelations.

A representative from American Red Cross reached out to the YMCA about setting up a blood drive for May of 2020. Once it became apparent that the new virus was going to have a major impact on blood drives and donations Andrea Fansler, Smith Mountain Lake Branch Director, reached out to set up three separate emergency drives. Both emergency drives, the first held March 19th and the second on April 1st, exceeded expectations and even had to turn people away, all of which registered for the April 20th emergency blood drive.

The April 20th blood drive will be held at the Smith Mountain Lake location, 293 Firstwatch Dr., Moneta, VA 24121, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Kevin McAlexander, CEO of the Franklin County YMCA, said, “The Y was prepared and eager to partner with the Red Cross. This is what the Y does in order to help serve communities.”

Most YMCA’s across the country are closed, including Franklin County, but are continuing emergency operations with other organizations such as these.

“We are here in the community doing what we can to assist during the coronavirus crisis. At our April 1st drive, where more than half of the donors were YMCA members, we exceeded our goal of 22 units and managed to collect 44! If you are healthy and able please consider donating blood on April 20th,” said Fansler.

Fansler explained the Red Cross will conduct the blood drive inside the YMCA facility, using the gymnasium to ensure adequate spacing. In a press release from the Red Cross, minimal Red Cross staff will participate in the blood drive and precautions include taking the temperature of staff and donors before entering the drive, spacing beds to follow social distancing and increasing measures for disinfecting surfaces.

“Spread the love, please give blood,” says Teresa Shelton, lake local and March 19th donor.

For more information or to set up an appointment for April 20th call Andrea Fansler at (540)721-9622.

 

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Dear YMCA Community,


Thank you for all the positive messages of support and encouragement over these last few weeks. We are grateful to have such a strong Y family – supporting each other and our YMCA. We have all done the best we can to navigate the almost daily changes with Covid-19. Given all the uncertainty and the stress that comes with these challenges, it has never been more critical to stay together, even as we follow the guidelines from officials to keep each other and our community healthy. Based on continued recommendations from the CDC, state and local health officials and area health departments, we must extend our temporary suspension of all YMCA facility access and programs.


At the Y, everything we do is guided by our commitment to nurture the potential of children, support your health and well-being, and provide support for our neighbors, participants and members. We’re so much more than a gym. And here, at the Y, you’re much more than just a facility member. At our YMCA, you’re a part of our purpose and you’re a partner in strengthening the foundations of our community.


The Y has been a leader in Franklin County for over 20 years, teaching thousands of children to swim, providing care for thousands more children during after school hours, and providing life changing opportunities for seniors and families in our area. The positive impact of these programs serves to strengthen our county, both now and for generations to come.


As a member of our Y community, I’d ask you to consider what you should be doing during this time, and what it means to be a part of our YMCA. The Y has had to adapt and make difficult decisions like many non-profits during the last few weeks. The choice to shut down operations, though the socially responsible and right thing to do, was a difficult one. Especially for an organization that works every day to bring the community together. It is going to present many challenges in the meantime and when we reopen. But by standing together, those challenges can and will be met.


Stay with Us – Your YMCA Membership Choice
As one YMCA Community, we ask that you stay with us. Your membership helps support our efforts and ensures our Y remains strong and poised to meet the critical needs in our community during this unprecedented time. In the past week, we’ve partnered with organizations to do emergency blood drives, provide advocacy for other non-profits, working with local health care agencies, creating and providing virtual exercise and activities to keep families engaged.

Keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active will help ensure we remain fully focused on our efforts to support our community and adjust quickly when called upon. If you choose to keep your membership active, please know how grateful we are for your willingness and partnership. You don’t need to take any action to retain this status.
Convert your membership to a donation. If you wish to have your membership dues converted to an ongoing, tax-deductible donation during our temporary suspension of facility access and programs, please email us to setup the donation. You’ll continue to be drafted monthly and when we resume normal operations, your donation will end. At that time, we’ll convert you back to regular membership. Again, we are deeply grateful for your willingness and partnership.
If you wish to place your membership on hold during our temporary suspension of services, we understand. Reach out to our membership team to put your membership on hold.

We realize you have to make the best decision for you and your family. On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead, thank you for your strong consideration to stay with us. Our community needs you.


There is much more work ahead for our Y. Moving forward, we’ll share updates and additional resources with you as well as keep you informed on our efforts to support our community.


As our Y responds to Franklin County’s needs during this unprecedented time, we stand ready to face the challenges. It is with hope and gratitude we continue in service to our community. It is inspiring what we can accomplish when we all come together.


Stay well. Stay Healthy.

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Dear Franklin County Family YMCA community,

The safety and well-being of our members, staff, participants, and our community are always a priority for us. As you know, the state regulations ordered by Governor Northam, regarding the size of groups that can be in a wellness facility have been changed. We, of course, will comply in an effort to do our part during this unprecedented time. These changes have made it impossible for us to continue operations and we will “hit the pause button” and temporarily close our locations and childcare programming effective today 3/18/20 at 9pm in Rocky Mount and 8pm at SML.

We understand that closing our facilities and programs will impact many members of our community but we all need to work together to ensure the health of those around us. The Y will offer free virtual exercise classes online to help keep everyone active during this time. Both Les Mills and MOSSA are offering a variety of amazing workouts!

As one of the leading nonprofits, having been in operation for over 20 years, the Y has been here for Franklin County through lots of ups and downs. We are so grateful for your membership and support during this difficult time. If keeping your membership active during this short term closure will cause your family undue financial hardship please reach out to Jessica Thomason (jthomason@franklincountyymca.org) our Branch Director and Membership Director to make arrangements regarding your membership.

We realize how important it is right now for the Y to live its mission and we are actively developing ways to be of service to our community during this difficult time.

We ask that everyone follow the CDC guidelines in this situation and take care of themselves and the health of their friends and family. YMCA staff looks forward to reopening and providing you with the same great facilities, classes and services you have come to expect.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this difficult and challenging situation.

 

With Gratitude,


Kevin McAlexander

CEO

Franklin County Family YMCA

 

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At the Franklin County Family YMCA, we take your health and safety seriously. As a precaution in response to the COVID-19, we've postponed and rescheduled some upcoming programs and events. 

 

Below are the changes that you should be aware of:

 

Services Postponed (1 Week):

Group Exercise

Child Watch

 

Paid Programs Postponed: 

Gymnastics (New start dates: Rocky Mount - April 1st, SML - April 2nd)

Tumbling (New start dates: Rocky Mount - April 1st, SML - April 2nd)

Volleyball (Resumes April 17th)

Rock Steady Boxing (Postponed 2 weeks)

Swim Lessons (Postponed 1 Week)

 

The Y team will be deep cleaning all facilities and at the end of the week will come together to reassess our scheduled programming to keep our members and staff healthy. 

 

Rescheduled Events: 

Indoor Tri at the Y - Date TBD

Night on Bourbon Street Steel Drum Concert - Rescheduled to September 19, 2020

 

Our wellness centers and pool will be open regular hours. Please do not come to the Y if you are sick.

 

Our preschool program and out of school fun club will open at 6am on Monday 3/16/20. We ask parents to not bring any child who has a fever or cold and flu symptoms. We will take children's temperatures to ensure the safety of all participants.

 

Cleanliness is always a priority for the Y but we have doubled efforts to keep our spaces clean. This includes treating surfaces with antimicrobial cleaning products.

 

We understand that people may worry about the new Coronavirus. In today's connected world, an outbreak anywhere can be a risk everywhere. Risk is dependent upon exposure. 

 

Basic hygiene is the best thing you can do. Everyone should always take these simple daily precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses: 

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. 
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick. 
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces with disinfectant. 

 

This is a rapidly changing situation and we will be monitoring it and making changes as new information becomes available. We are so grateful to our members and participants for your understanding!

 

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Submitted by Kris Landrum Mar 4, 2020

Franklin News Post 

New early childhood education registration process introduced during recruitment fair


A new opportunity for parents to more easily access registration to early childhood education and/or daycare for their young children will kick off in Franklin County with a recruitment fair on Saturday, March 14 at the Rocky Mount Farmer’s Market.


Called Smart2Start, the program offers “one-stop shopping” for parents to apply to enroll their children for the 2020-21 school year using a single form for public schools, early education programs and private providers.


Parents can visit the farmer’s market between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about the program and fill out the application to enroll their children in Franklin County pre-K, the YMCA Land of Wonder, private child care or Head Start and Early Head Start through STEP, Inc. (Solutions That Empower People).


Items needed for enrollment include birth certificate, proof of address, recent income source, insurance information and immunization records.
Smart2Start was created by United Way of Roanoke Valley as a means to streamline the application process for parents who previously had to fill out a separate application for each provider.


The application will enter a portal where United Way and its partners can evaluate the family’s needs and preferences to find matches that have open spots at nearly 150 providers in Botetourt, Franklin, Craig and Roanoke counties and in Roanoke and Salem.


Community partners also will be available during the recruitment fair with information about resources available to families. In addition, there will be face painting, balloon animals, age-appropriate games, treats and giveaways.


Signing up through Smart2Start is free. An online application is available at smart2start.org.
STEP’s Head Start/Early Head Start programs include child developmental screenings and assessments, health assessments, family support, community engagement, qualified staff and full-day services, along with early childhood education.


Options include home-based services for pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers and classroom options for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

 

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