COVID-19 Updates & Information

As part of Governor Murphy’s order to close all NJ casinos, movie theaters, gyms, bars and restaurants, the Meadowlands YMCA is suspending wellness and pool operations effective at 8pm, Monday, March 16th, until further notice.

The Meadowlands staff deeply appreciates your understanding as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to the Coronavirus. We THANK YOU for allowing us to place your membership on HOLD until we re-open.

When you belong to the Y, you are not only a member of a health and wellness facility, you are a member of a COMMUNITY. We were inspired when we received a message from Jean Dugan who has been a member for just over a year. She is thankful that she has not been severely affected and asked to donate her monthly membership fee to assist us in our community service efforts. "I bet others would do the same," Jean continued. So, we are taking Ms. Dugan's suggestion and inviting you to be a part of our OPT-IN program. If you choose to also contribute, your first monthly fee will be drafted on April 15th. (you will NOT be charged unless you OPT-IN) Your monthly membership fees will allow us to continue to provide the crucial services that are needed in OUR COMMUNITY and would be, just like Ms. Dugan's, recognized as a donation.

"Since my job has not been affected by this disaster, I would like to contribute my membership fees (that were put on hold) to your effort." - Jean Dugan Member since 2019

To OPT-IN, please click here to email James Chiappone by Friday, April 10th. If you are not in a position to donate at this time, you do not have to do anything, and your account will not be drafted.

YOUR YMCA SERVING THE COMMUNITY:

  • NJ has deemed us an essential resource. We are running our childcare program for healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel including supply chain employees. 
  • Monthly Blood Drives. We held a blood drive in March and collected 87 units of blood which can save hundreds of lives. Schedule an appointment for either April 28th, May 27th or June (date TBD). click here to schedule an appointment. Choose the Y location. 
  • Installed internet with Wi-Fi access in areas of need in the Moonachie community so that the families can stay connected to work and participate in distance learning. 
  • Weekly food distribution providing nearly 30,000 meals to close to 1,000 families to date and will continue, in partnership with Table to Table, on every Tuesday until further notice. 
  • Working with the schools, we are setting up remote learning sites for those students who do not have access to devices at home.
  • Made computers available to students in Little Ferry, Moonachie and other underserved areas who do not have access to devices at home. 
  • We have created Y Online, an online resource portal to provide support to our community at-large. 
 
EMERGENT CHILDCARE: In consultation with the Bergen County Department of Health, limited childcare and the Mara Center will be available at our main facility. The Y, who has continually served the community through other trying times, is offering an emergent all-day child care program for essential workers, including first responders, healthcare workers, supply chain workers and others. To learn more about this program and to register, click here
 
BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross has informed us that blood is still a much-needed resource. On Friday, March 20th, we had over 100 donors give blood. If you would like to give blood, our next Blood Drive is scheduled for April 28th. Please click here to schedule an appointment through our website.
 
STAY WITH US: This has no doubt been an incredibly challenging time. Without question, our top priority has been the health and well-being of our members, guests and employees – and to no lesser extent the health and well-being of the communities where we operate. We know that each decision we make has a broad impact far beyond our operations including childcare, chronic disease programs and healthy living initiatives.
 
Please remember that regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and boost your immune system. During this closure period, you can continue to work out using a variety of at-home exercise options included here for you to try and there are other suggestions and resources found on our Y Online page.
 
ACCOUNTS ON HOLD: With the suspension of most services, your membership and Before and Aftercare fees will be put on hold and the appropriate credits will be applied to your YMCA account upon our reopening. Classes scheduled as part of our Spring 1 Program Session that were interrupted beginning March 17th with will be credited to your YMCA account.
 
As new information becomes available, we will post it here and on social media platforms as well as email communication. Please know that we will do our best to answer any of your questions and concerns and appreciate your patience as our most immediate priority must be those in need of emergent childcare.
 
These are unprecedented, challenging times for everyone. We remain committed to supporting and strengthening our communities and will continue to navigate these unchartered waters with our members, our employees and our communities remaining our highest priority.
 
Sincerely,
David E. Kisselback
President and CEO
 
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