COVID-19 Response

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