COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Meals On Main will proceed as usual from 3-6pm on Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like COVID-19. You may feel anxiousness, anger, sadness, or overwhelmed. Find ways to reduce your stress to help yourself and the people you care about.

• Learn the common signs of stress.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Talk with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Learn more about stress and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://bit.ly/39UVoEj.

 

Thursday, May 14,2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Tuesday May 5 2020

 

Monday May 4, 2020

We are grateful for the continued support of our beloved community. Thank you!

Thursday April 30, 2020

Meals on Main Update:

Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed to 53 children
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed to 86 children
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed to 98 children
Friday, April 17: 522 meals with 522 snacks distributed to 174 children
Monday, April 20: 824 meals with 824 snacks distributed to 206 children
Friday, April 24: 666 meals with 666 snacks distributed to 222 children
Monday, April 27: 896 meals with 896 snacks distributed to 224 children 

The Meals on Main program is an extension of an ongoing service which the YMCA at Virginia Tech has been offering for the past few years. We have been active partners in the Prices Fork after school feeding initiative for 4 years. Nearly 3 years ago we created our Mobile/Pop-Up Feeding Program bringing food to children under 18 in a variety of under served areas within this community throughout the summer months.

Monday April 23, 2020

Announcing Healthy Kids Week

Let’s stay Healthy together!

Join the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, the Y offers the following tips to help parents instill healthy habits in their kids. This week we will put our focus on healthy activities for mind and body for the whole family. We hope you will join us!
#vtymcahealthykids Read more HERE

Sunday April 19, 2020

On Friday April 17 our Meals on Main Program served 522 meals and 522 snacks to 174 children in the New River Valley. 

As a reminder:

Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed to 53 children
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed to 86 children
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed to 98 children

Thursday April, 16, 2020 

Meals on Main

The Program

On Monday April 6th, we introduced “Meals on Main” in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. The YMCA, in conjunction with Feeding Southwest Virginia and the USDA, will provide food for seven days a week to ALL youth and children under 18 in the New River Valley. The meals and snacks are shelf-stable, ready to eat items based upon the USDA’s nutrition guidelines.

The Meals on Main program is an extension of an ongoing service which the YMCA at Virginia Tech has been offering for the past few years. We have been active partners in the Prices Fork afterschool feeding initiative for 4 years. Nearly 3 years ago we created our Mobile/Pop-Up Feeding Program bringing food to children under 18 in a variety of underserved areas within this community throughout the summer months.

The Program in Action
Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed

The steady increase in participants demonstrates how prevalant the need for this service is and how critical it is for us to be able to continue providing meals to greater numbers as time goes on.

THANK YOU
ExperT’s for donating boxes of chalk for the kids and gloves to protect us.
Zeppolli’s for donating brown paper bags
Food Lion for donating brown paper bags
Next Door Bake Shop for donating Easter Treat Bags for the kids.
Countless community members for donating $$$’s to support us in funding our essential service projects including Meals on Main.

To participate in the program:
Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shop, 1000 N. Main St, Blacksburg on Mondays and Fridays between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Drive to the Grab-and-Go tables located on left side of Thrift Shop building near the donation dock

Pick up one bag per child containing meals, snacks, and milk for each child (Mondays = 4 of each per child, Fridays = 3 of each per child)

Y volunteers and staff members will supervise the program from a short distance away, reducing the possibility of exposure and increasing the safety of everyone involved.

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic.

WHAT WE NEED:

Donations to support us in our programs. Click to DONATE NOW at www.vtymca.org/donate

Brown paper grocery bags

Please help us spread the word to all families in the New River Valley.

Check us out in The Roanoke Times

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Senators and Representatives will return to Washington, D.C., soon to pass the next phase of coronavirus response, and it is critical that they include supports for nonprofits like the Y and our employees in the next bill they pass.

Thanks to your advocacy, important provisions for nonprofits were included in the CARES Act passed in March, but Ys need more support from Congress as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have written a bipartisan letter urging House and Senate leadership to make support for nonprofits a top priority in the next phase of crisis relief.

Ask your member of Congress to sign on to support nonprofits!

We want to encourage as many members of Congress as possible to sign on to this bipartisan letter so House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader McConnell will understand the urgent need to help nonprofit organizations and employees through this crisis.

YMCA staff and volunteers are truly on the front lines of crisis response every day. Across the country, Ys are working tirelessly to provide emergency child care, shelter for the homeless, food for children, and support for older adults. These are critical services that our communities rely on, and we need help from Congress to continue to serve the most vulnerable.

With your help, we will make sure nonprofits are a top priority for federal support. Please take a moment today to write to your member of Congress and encourage them to sign on to this bipartisan letter!
https://ymca.quorum.us/campaign/25720/

Monday April 13, 2020

A note from Anna Ruiz

“Went to the Y again today and I just wanted to lay out the bag of food they send with you so y’all could see what’s in it. Good healthy snacks for Ozzy and a load of stress taken off my mind. Each of those brown bags had a juice box and cheese/meat/applesauce/cracker combo. Just thank you so much Laureen M Blakemore for being apart of that and helping people like me in our lil community🏘️💙”

Sunday April 12, 2020

We gratefully received 20 masks from the NRV Mask Makers to help protect our staff and volunteers during food distribution at our Meals On Main program. Thank you to all of the awesome volunteers making masks to protect the community.

 

Friday April 10, 2020

YOUR Y AT HOME FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

Get Creative and Active with Family-Friendly Resources

We’re scouring the web for the very best kid-friendly activities and videos! Check back regularly for our latest roll call of links, curated exclusively for Y families.

DETAILS HERE

 

Thursday April 9, 2020

The Thrift Shop donated another 20 yards of fabric to the NRV Mask Makers to support them in their efforts.

Monday April 6, 2020

 On the first day of our new initiative, Meals on Main, in 3 hrs we here at the YMCA at Virginia Tech distributed 212 meals and 212 snacks. We met grandparents looking after their grandchildren, medical staff, people from all walks of life. We are grateful to be able to help in some small way and very much aware of how many people need help right now. YMCA Board member Jim Lawrence and staff member Laureen Blakemore prepared and distributed the food bags. 

Check us out on WDBJ7

Friday April 3, 2020

The YMCA at Virginia Tech connects Virginia Tech students with our local community, builds relationships, promotes health and wellness, and combats serious issues affecting our community. We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, some of our programs offer vital services to the under served members of this community which is why it’s important for us to remain active/open, especially in critical times like these.

Starting on Monday April 6th, 2020, the YMCA is proud to introduce “Meals on Main” in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. The YMCA at Virginia Tech, in conjunction with Feeding Southwest Virginia and the USDA, will provide food seven days a week to ALL youth and children in the New River Valley. The meals and snacks will be shelf-stable, ready to eat items based upon the USDA’s nutrition guidelines.

To participate in the program:

Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shop, 1000 N. Main St, Blacksburg on Mondays and Fridays between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ensure all children receiving food are present
Drive to the Grab-and-Go tables located on left side of Thrift Shop building near the donation dock
Pick up meals, snacks, and milk for each child (Mondays = 4 of each per child, Fridays = 3 of each per child)
Y volunteers and staff members will supervise the program from a short distance away, reducing the possibility of exposure and increasing the safety of everyone involved.

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic. Please help us spread the word!

Tuesday March 31, 2020

Shop online at the YMCA Thrift Shop. Help to support our community based programs.

Just Click HERE

Monday, March 30, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

A post from our friends at New River Creative Reuse Center‎ to NRV Mask Makers
Hello you fabulous mask makers! For those of you needing supplies, I have just left these shown in the Eakin Street vestibule of Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Thank you to the YMCA at Virginia Tech for donating fabric, thread, bias tape and a rotary cutter, plus some sewing machine needles that may or may not fit anyone’s current machine. From the New River Creative Reuse Center we have floral wire, pipe cleaners and some elastic I found in my own stash. Please keep us posted on supply needs and we will try to help find them.

Friday, March 27,2020

Our partners at The Christian Ministries identified a local family in need of a refrigerator yesterday. We donated a fridge to help the family during their urgent need. This is Y we are here. This is Y we need your support and donations of items and funds.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The YMCA Thrift Shop is still open regular hours and following strict guidelines:
Limiting all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons at a time
adhering to social distancing recommendations
sanitizing common surfaces
applying relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

We are accepting donations at the back dock following a specific safety procedure:

Do not be offended if nobody meets you at the back dock for your donations- we’re social distancing. Please leave your donations on or near the tables provided or in the truck if raining.

Rest assured that your donations will be gratefully accepted and carefully processed once you leave the area.

Our staff are using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas.

The donations will be moved to an area to be quarantined for 5 days before processing following VDH regulations and guidelines.

We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick.

We will update you when any changes are made to our current operating schedule.

At this time we have suspended pick ups and deliveries. Please call to schedule pick ups for a future date.
We appreciate your continued support.
Call the Blacksburg Thrift Shop at (540) 552-2633

Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

…..Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities…..

Read the full announcement HERE

Saturday, March 21, 2020

It is crucial that the Senate include nonprofits like the Y in their #coronavirus response bill.

Take action today by letting your members of Congress know and asking them to support $60B in #Relief4Charities!

To contact your members visit: http://ow.ly/K9Jn50yS25m

Friday, March 20, 2020

A message from the health department:

The New River Health District has recently launched a new website to help keep the residents of the New River Valley informed of current health issues. This site is constantly being updated with the latest information including info on Coronavirus (COVID-19). It also has a question portal for interested parties to send in questions and receive a direct response. Please help us spread the word and visit nrvroadtowellness.com to learn more.

A message from the The Community Health Center of the NRV:

Both the medical and dental offices are still open!

– If you are experiencing a dental emergency, you may contact the office and a dental professional will evaluate your situation by phone and determine the best course of action. 

– If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or trouble breathing or have been in an area with confirmed COVID-19 cases, please call to obtain information on how to proceed before going to the office.  

Visit CHCNRV.org for additional information on their services, updates and COVID-19 protocols. They have offices in Christiansburg, Pearisburg and Dublin.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

At the YMCA at Virginia Tech we connect Virginia Tech students with our local community, build relationships, promote health and wellness, and combat the serious issues affecting our community. We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.

The YMCA at VT’s programs help turn the students of today into the leaders of tomorrow; a convention that all started with a legacy of leadership that has remained consistent since the YMCA’s inception at Virginia Tech in 1873.

How do we achieve this?

We offer a variety of opportunities to our VT Student Program Leaders and volunteers to make a positive impact on the local area through our many service related programs.

Our International Program brings together people from all over the world to welcome and integrate them into the community while providing a comfortable venue for cross cultural friendship, information, education, support, and service.

Our Senior Connections program pairs students with seniors based on their mutual interests.  Our Youth Programs create a safe environment for students to receive homework help and enjoy recreational activities and distribution of food to students.

Our Sustainability Initiative Program is a partnership between Sustainable Blacksburg, the Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA), and the YMCA. The focus is on promoting a green community through the recycling and reducing the volume of recyclable items placed into landfills and the waste stream.

Our Thrift Shop provides a high-quality, low-cost shopping alternative as well as a wonderful way to relieve the landfill burden by recycling usable goods. The proceeds of the thrift shop remain local and help support our community programs.

Social distancing protocols have temporarily taken away how we connect. We have cancelled or postponed our programs and events to follow the recommended COVID-19 social distancing protocols. Our Thrift Shop remains open at this point, while following the strict protocol to ensure the health and safety of our staff and community.

But your Y is also in the business of reacting and evolving when our community’s needs change. We’ve done that for the past 146 years.

The Y staff are working on ways to keep these important connections active with ideas including “phone friends”, encouraging program members to touch base periodically over the coming weeks and offer each other moral support.

Our community members are in our hearts and minds more than ever at this time. We are working hard to keep everyone updated through our e-newsletter and social media posts.

The YMCA thrift Shop is open for business and accepting donations, a crucial need to keep our programs running once we have moved through these difficult times together. Our staff will be using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas. We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick. We are limiting the number of customers allowed in together at any time to comply with state and federal mandates. We will update you when any changes are made to our current operating schedule.

Stay well and healthy.

Your YMCA team

Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians. Read the full article HERE

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ask Congress to provide immediate support for nonprofits in this time of crisis.  Click HERE

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

REMINDER: Update on YMCA International Programs
International Women’s Group– paused until April 7
English Conversation Class- Tuesday evenings- paused until April 7
English Conversation Class- Wednesday mornings- paused until April 7

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Friday March 13, 2020

COVID-19 and YMCA at VT Programs Update

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.

We are canceling specific YMCA at VT sponsored events and putting some of our programming on pause for three weeks until we have a better idea about the trajectory of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in our community.

BMS After School Program is cancelled until MCPS schools are in session again.

Prices Fork Connections Program  is cancelled until MCPS schools are in session again.

Beeks After School Program will be suspended until further notice.

Senior Connections will be suspended for the rest of the semester.

Healthy Kids Day is cancelled.

Y-toss -we are looking into options to make collections as dorms are cleaned out.

Y Dine Out at Buffalo Wild Wings –March 18 (to be rescheduled at a later date)

Y Dine Out at Bottom of the Stairs– April 4 (to be rescheduled at a later date)

Y Dine Out at D P Dough– April 22 (to be rescheduled at a later date)

Pottery Classes at the Y Center- paused until April 3

International Women’s Group– paused until April 7

English Conversation Class- Tuesday evenings & Wednesday mornings- paused until April 7

Contra Dance– cancelled through April

Swing Dance– cancelled through May

We will update as information becomes available.

In our Thrift Shop at 1000 N. Main St, we will be closing the restroom facilities starting Sunday March 15 until further notice. Our staff will be using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas. We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick.

We are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged and practiced throughout our programs by staff and children.

Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider.

While no one can predict with certainty whether the United States will be severely impacted by coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily program and work routines could be temporarily impacted if the situation significantly worsens. We will keep all members and participants updated with information as it develops.

Additionally, we encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families.

Ryan Martin

Executive Director

YMCA at Virginia Tech

Thursday, March 12, 2020