News Release, Bendure Communications
WASHINGTON – March 26, 2020 – The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, with branches and program centers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia has served the Washington area for over 168 years. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s goal is to ensure that its programs and services remain a vital part of the community even while its doors are closed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Virtual Y is a new online community designed to help adults, youth and seniors to stay connected and active, even when they can’t visit the Y. “As the community learns the importance of social distancing, and more and more people are impacted by school and business closures due to the spread of COVID-19, we recognize the need for healthy living and youth development programs that could be accessed from anywhere,” said Angie L. Reese-Hawkins, president and CEO. “Shifting to offer programs online felt like the best way to continue to live out our mission to strengthen communities.”
Virtual Y is designed to help individual exercisers and families engage with the Y virtually from the comfort of home. Youth will continue to learn in a fun format even while they are away from school. “We’re excited to offer participants the same high-quality experience they expect from the programs they know and love at the Y in a digital format,” said Reese-Hawkins.
Virtual Y categories currently include a Wellness Center with group exercise classes and workouts; Fit & Well Seniors exercise videos; culinary videos and nutrition information; and youth and school-age children programs. Look forward to virtual tennis and aquatics services this week with more program and service options (live and recorded) in April. All of these classes help support the health and well-being of the community. Classes are FREE and can be accessed at www.ymcadc.org.