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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 ( 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


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
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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Rocky Mount, Va. (January 6th, 2020) At the last meeting of the Franklin County Family YMCA’s Board of Directors they took a moment to recognize departing board members for their service to Franklin County through the Y.

The Y, like most non-profits, relies on a volunteer board of community members to provide leadership, fiduciary responsibility and advocacy.

Mary Helm, who has served on the Y board since September of 2015, distinguished herself by being an advocate for the Y in the community. She not only was a member of the Y board as a whole but also served on the nominating committee.

Matt Huff joined the Y board in 2014 and has served on numerous committees, advocated for the Y, been an avid member of the Y and even served as the president of the Y board. Matt works in the area of commercial real estate with Poe and Cronk.

Jill Hume, CFO of Interactive Design Group, an architecture firm in the Roanoke area, joined the YMCA board in 2016 and has served on its fundraising and finance committees during that time. She helped plan several YMCA fundraisers and lent her considerable financial knowledge to the Y during her time on the board.

“We are so grateful to Mary, Matt and Jill! Their work on the Y board has helped change lives in Franklin County and made a lasting impact in the community we serve,” says Kevin McAlexander CEO of the Franklin County Family YMCA.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (January 3, 2020) – Food insecurities affect more people than we know. Hunger exists in every state, county, and community in the United States and the Franklin County YMCA is working hard to make a difference in ours.

This month, the Y is sponsoring a Friends and Family Food Drive. As part of the food drive, anyone wishing to join the Y in January can do it for free with a donation of at least three canned goods. Current YMCA members are also encouraged to donate food items and, when referring new members to join, will receive their next month free.

“You can help feed the hungry! We are asking Friends and Family of the Y to drop off non-perishable food for our canned food drive between now and the end of January,” says Jessica Thomason, Rocky Mount Branch Director, “We know people are going to join the Y for the amazing facilities and great programs. So, it was a great time to make a difference in our community while offering great perks such as no joining fee or first month fees for new members and a free month for current members who refer their friends to join the Y!”

Drop boxes are located in the lobby at each location of the Franklin County Y – Rocky Mount, Smith Mountain Lake, and Ferrum College. Food items needed include spaghetti sauce/pasta, peanut butter, jelly, canned/boxed soups and meals, canned vegetables/fruits, tuna fish, and other canned meats. Donations will be given to our local food banks and soup kitchens.  With support, community members and the Y can help hundreds of families.

For more information on this and other membership programs at the Franklin County YMCA please contact Jessica Thomason at (540)489-9622 or



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