This is not a decision we wanted to make. We are a community organization that thrives on bringing people together and creating personal connections that change lives through membership and programs. Our proximity to people and communities has shaped our YMCA and the impact we make each day.
But the nature of COVID-19 virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges.
In accordance with the request from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to close all non-essential businesses, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has made the difficult decision to close our facilities effective at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, with an anticipated reopening date of Monday, March 30.
This includes our eight membership branches, three overnight camps and three child development centers, in addition to the already closed 40-plus school sites where we provide before and after school care. If you need to come to the Y to retrieve items or conduct any other business, please do so by 6 p.m. today. If you don’t need to come to the Y, we ask that you stay home and abide by the guidance issued by the county.
OUR MISSION REMAINS IN ACTION
There is some irony that the day we must close our doors is also the 166th anniversary of the first time a YMCA door opened in Pittsburgh. Since March 16, 1854 and throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon to provide critical services during challenging or uncertain times. During our temporary closure, we are exploring alternative ways to meet community needs in partnership with local community leaders and health officials.
Although recreation facilities are considered non-essential during a time of crisis, there are also services provided by the YMCA that are integral to the communities we call home: food pantries, emergency food services and programs that connect our most vulnerable neighbors with critical social services. We ask that you join us in the effort to continue helping our community by maintaining your membership. As a nonprofit, your support helps provide a foundation for our work.
For individuals who would like some help to remain fit at home during this crisis, please visit pittsburghymca.org/ywithyou Here, you will find a set of virtual tools, outdoor resources, healthy recipes and information you can put to use while we all comply with public health efforts. Free fitness classes taught by Y instructors from across the country are available at no charge on YouTube. Classes include yoga, boot camp, barre and active older adults. It’s our way of helping you to stay active, healthy and connected in your own home, and on your own time.
It is our strong intention to resume all normal operations on March 30. As things change, we will continue to keep you informed. Please be sure to follow us on social media (@ymcapgh), our Y app (Apple Store or Google Play) and watch your inbox for further details.
We are grateful for your understanding, flexibility and support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call your local branch to be connected to our centralized customer service staff.