CLOSURE UPDATE: Per mandate from Governor Polis, and because it is the right thing to do, our facilities are closed. Check here for COVID-19 updates. We are running emergency childcare only for families who have no other choice.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Safeguarding Our Ys

The Y is a community, a refuge from the stresses of daily life and a place of balance, wellness and recovery. In the worst of times, we are a safety net and support system that helps our neighbors overcome the most difficult moments of their lives.

We know many of you have concerns about COVID-19, and we want to let you know how we are responding and keeping our facilities safe for you and your families. We will keep this page updated with any changes.

Dear Valued Members and Families: 

”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Y Members,

As you know, we are closed due to a mandate from Governor Polis, but we also know that it is the right thing to do to help our community and our country. We will reopen as soon as we are able.  

In the meantime, we are using our Y facilities in Longmont and Boulder to provide care for emergency workers (hospital, fire, ambulance, police, supply chain, pharmaceutical, utility employees) and for any families that have no choice. This is a very important program and once again the Y is stepping up to help. As a community nonprofit, we always step up in times of need and crisis, and we can do so because of our members. 

Your membership allows us the funding to make a difference. Please do not cancel or put your membership on hold right now. I know this is a big ask since we are closed for fitness, but we are not closed for helping our community. Running this emergency care program is costing the Y a lot of money and our only source of income right now is your membership. I implore you to please keep your membership active during this time and stand by us. 

We are shifting our calendar, and our spring season of programs (youth sports, ice, aquatics and more) will begin when we open. Stay tuned for more details on specific programs. We will continue to keep our website updated as we have information. 

We have some things in the works to help you and your family cope during this time. We want to continue to serve you, but in a different way.

Virtual Exercise: Access exercise videos from our website from some of your favorite Y instructors. You also have access to Y360, which is a whole library of free fitness videos from Y instructors from across the nation. 

Virtual Fitness Challenge: Stay Health-Y 600 is a 30-day fitness challenge available at no-cost to you. Compete with other Y members from across the nation to complete 600 activity minutes. Sign up for free on our website and use code STAYHEALTHY to get started today. You'll use YTRAAK, our online tracker, to log your workouts and healthy meals. Plus, you’ll get to interact with and see how other Y members are staying healthy. Sign up now; the challenge starts on Monday, March 23.

Activities For Your Kids: Are your kids getting antsy and bored? We have some great solutions for you. Check out our new Home Activities page on our website. We will also be doing some Facebook Live fun activities that your kids will enjoy so be sure to like us on Facebook. 

If you are a senior and have a need, please email me and let me know how I can help. Please stay home and be safe; but you may need meds, food, books, or chocolates. Whatever you need we can try and get it for you. You are important to us and have supported us for years; let us help you in this crazy time. 

As always, we are accepting donations to help with the cost of the emergency childcare. If you feel so inclined, please consider a donation. Anything helps.

Thank you for being part of our Y family. You are the heart of our organization, and we miss seeing you every day.

Chris Coker
President/CEO
YMCA of Northern Colorado

COVID-19 & OUR PROGRAMS

Emergency Childcare

With the support and assistance of Boulder County and local public health officials, the Y is offering full-day K-5th childcare. This program is for critical use — parents who are first responders or medical personnel or current Y families who need childcare to be able to work and support their families.

DETAILS

Sports Programs

We are postponing our spring youth sports season. Our tentative plan is to run spring sports as soon as we are open. Y staff will be in touch through email. Once we are running sports again, we will continue these efforts:

• We are limiting handshakes, high fives and physical contact as much as possible. Players and coaches will be encouraged to use clapping and cheering to show positive sportsmanship as opposed to high fives or handshakes.
• The gym will be sanitized before programs begin. Playing space and common areas will be cleaned frequently throughout the day. Game balls, chairs, score clocks, etc. will be disinfected between games. The transition time between games may be longer than usual, and our staff on-site will monitor conditions and assist as needed.
• Drinks and snacks should not be shared, and any snacks distributed to teams should be individually packaged and not communal in nature (packaged snacks vs. orange slices).
• We will encourage players to wash their hands upon arrival, before eating and between games. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the facility.
• We also ask that any coaches, players and spectators who are showing signs of illness please refrain from attending programs.

More Resources

We will provide communication if the local situation changes. If you want to learn more about COVID-19, we encourage you to get your information from reputable sources: 

Our partners at Children’s Hospital Colorado have provided some helpful resources.

Emergency BVSD Food Distribution

BVSD will be distributing several meals’ worth of food items and fresh produce to families at the following locations on March 17 and 19, 11:30am-1:30pm. Visit food.bvsd.org for more information and updates.

  • Columbine Elementary
  • Creekside Elementary
  • Crestview Elementary
  • University Hill Elementary
  • Emerald Elementary
  • Pioneer Elementary
  • Sanchez Elementary
  • Louisville Middle School
  • Nederland High School

Emergency SVVSD Food Distribution

St. Vrain Valley Schools will open 11 food pickup sites where students, families, and staff can receive lunch and breakfast food items, March 16-March 20, 11:00am-12:30pm. Visit svvsd.org/coronavirus for more information and updates.

  • Timberline PK-8
  • Northridge Elementary School
  • Altona Middle School
  • Sunset Middle School
  • Soaring Heights PK-8
  • Frederick High School
  • Mead Middle School
  • Lyons High School (12-12:30)
  • Hygiene Elementary School (11-11:30)
  • Niwot High School
  • Learning Services Center