COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health

Here is an article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributed by Rehab4Addiction.

CLICK HERE to access the article.

Connecting Kids | Free Resources for Families!

Most of Nevada’s public-school students will start the school year learning online, but not all Nevada students have access to the equipment they need to succeed in a virtual classroom.

At Connecting Kids Nevada, it’s their ambition to connect every Nevada student in need with free, reliable internet and devices. Now more than ever, it takes a village to teach a child. Together as Nevadans, we must quickly mobilize to spread the word about Connecting Kids to ensure that all our children are set up for success by the first day of school.

In Clark County, they need to hear from all 316,000 students to ensure everyone has a connection to school. Help them help our students by filling out this short survey at www.ccsd.net/survey or call 888-616-2476.

For a Connecting Kids FAQ, CLICK HERE.

Y Cares Educational Enrichment Program | Now Enrolling!

When school is out, the Y is in! We are committed to serving all students engaged in full or part time distance learning in Las Vegas, by providing high-quality full day care, Monday – Friday. Y Cares will combine fun, character-building activities with an educational enrichment component. Participants will receive homework help, along with dedicated time to complete school assignments. Y trained staff will be able to offer additional opportunities for participants interested in honing in on valuable math, reading or science skills. Spots per week are limited & are filled on a first come, first served basis.

All proper health and safety protocols will continue to be taken within all Y Cares locations, including temperature checks, extensive sanitation procedures, social distancing, mask requirements and more.

To Register, CLICK HERE!

Y Kids is Back on July 20th!

Y Kids is BACK! Starting Monday, July 20th, Ages 5-12 can enjoy these FUN, kid-friendly group exercise classes, taught by a certified instructor. Keep the kiddos active while you also work on your own health at the Y! All Y Kids classes will require an online reservation, which can be made starting 24 hours in advance and up to 15 minutes before class. Check out the schedule and REGISTER HERE!

Heinrich Y
Y Kids Play | Monday & Wednesday (6-7p)
Zumba Kids | Tuesday & Thursday (5-6p)

Durango Hills Y
Zumba Kids | Tuesday & Thursday (8:15-9a)
Youth Circuit | Tuesday & Thursday (8:15-9a)

Centennial Hills Y
Y Kids Dance | Monday & Wednesday (8:15-9a)
Y Kids Play | Monday & Wednesday (5:15-6p)
Y Kids Play | Friday (8:15-9a)

P.s. This is a great alternative while Kids’ Gym is out of service, due to public health mandates. We hope this helps our families continue to enjoy the Y together, during these uncertain times. Thank you for sticking with us.

YMCA of Southern Nevada Offers New, Lower Rates to Assist Families in the Wake of the Pandemic

The YMCA of Southern Nevada is committed to continuing to serve the Las Vegas community, especially during the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding that families may be struggling financially due to unemployment, income instability or medical concerns, the Y is dedicated to offering newer, lower membership options that will meet members exactly where they are financially.

The first level of membership is called the “Changemaker Membership.” This membership level remains very similar to the current rate, but offers individuals and families the chance to be a “changemaker” in their local community. This membership level grants access to all that the Y has to offer, while also helping another family or individual in need, access the Y’s programs and services. The rates are $73 per month for a family, $40 per month for an individual and $30 per month for a young adult.

The second level of membership is called the “Strengthening Communities Membership.” The Y has taken the current financial landscape of Las Vegas into consideration with this membership level. As we navigate through this new normal, the Y is here to help strengthen our community and offer a discounted rate for those who may need it most. The rates are $55 per month for a family, $30 per month for an individual and $20 per month for a young adult.

The third level of membership is called the “Y For All Membership.” At this level, it is imperative that our community understands that the Y truly is a place for all. If anyone’s financial situation does not allow for any of the other membership levels, the Y will determine a rate that works best for the family or individual. At the Y, everyone belongs.

The Y is also committed to those who serve our country and are honored to offer a fourth level called the “Military Membership.” This special rate is specifically for any military members and Veterans. The rates are $45 per month for a family and $25 per month for an individual.

For more information or to join, CLICK HERE!

New Lighted Sports Field OPEN at the Heinrich Y!

The YMCA of Southern Nevada is excited to announce that their new, lighted outdoor sports field is now open! The artificial turf field is located at the Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA (4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107.) This new amenity is an added benefit for members, featuring a walking/running track and stadium-quality lighting for evening use.

Plans for the outdoor sports field include youth sports, such as soccer, flag football, lacrosse and more. The Y has a variety of youth sports programs, summer camp activities and more that will benefit from the outdoor field. The track will be a safe environment for walking clubs, to help keep our senior members active and socially engaged. The space will also be available to rental groups.

With young families moving into the area surrounding the Heinrich Y, the addition of this field is in direct response to the community’s growing and changing needs. The overall cost of the field was $1 million. This project is part of a $5 Program Enhancement Campaign, which began in early 2019. The new sports field is joined with other facility enhancements, including an indoor gymnasium renovation, infrastructure upgrades and outdoor water park enhancements.

Field and Outdoor Track (Available for Members)
Monday-Thursday:7am-11am & 4pm-8pm
Friday-Saturday: 7am-11am

Y Walking Club
Monday and Wednesday: 7am

Durango Hills Y & Centennial Hills Y NEW Extended Hours!

NEWSFLASH! You asked…we listened! We’re excited to announce that starting Monday, June 29th, both our Durango Hills Y and Centennial Hills Y will extend their morning hours! Both locations will now open at 6 AM, Monday – Friday! This also means we will be adding more group exercise classes for our new, earlier hours. Be sure to check out the schedule for newly added classes HERE.

Y Mask Update!

We just received news from the Governor’s office that clarifies this mandate as it pertains to fitness centers:

Masks ARE required in all fitness facilities only when not exercising or when the exercise type allows for mask use. Some examples of non-exercise activity include entering and exiting the facility, interacting with others, cleaning your fitness equipment, etc. Some exercise types that allow the use of a mask include walking, low-intensity yoga, Pilates, stretching, etc.

Masks are NOT required for higher-intensity exercise types, such as running, the use of cardio equipment, weight lifting, higher-intensity group exercise classes, etc. We do ask that you please replace your mask before and after participating in any type of exercise activity, while wiping down your machine/equipment/area and while traveling to another area in the facility.

We hope this clarifies the new public mandate, and will make exercising a little more comfortable for all of our members! We appreciate your patience and flexibility as public health guidelines are continually updated. Without you, there is no Y, and we are grateful for your continued support.

New Public Health Mandate Requiring the Use of Masks as of Friday, June 26th

Hello valued Y members and community partners,

Due to Governor Sisolak’s recent mandate, members will now be required to wear masks while using our facilities, with the exception of children under 10 and adults with medical conditions. We understand this new state mandate may leave our members and community partners with many questions, so we have compiled a list of some frequently asked questions below that may be helpful during this ever-changing time:

Do I have to wear a mask while I’m exercising?
Masks ARE required in all fitness facilities only when not exercising or when the exercise type allows for mask use. Some examples of non-exercise activity include entering and exiting the facility, interacting with others, cleaning your fitness equipment, etc. Some exercise types that allow the use of a mask include walking, low-intensity yoga, Pilates, stretching, etc.

Masks are NOT required for higher-intensity exercise types, such as running, the use of cardio equipment, weight lifting, higher-intensity group exercise classes, etc. We do ask that you please replace your mask before and after participating in any type of exercise activity, while wiping down your machine/equipment/area and while traveling to another area in the facility.

This public health mandate applies to all members, with the exception of children under 10 and adults with medical conditions.

Do I have to wear a mask if I’m playing basketball, volleyball or another sport in the gym?

All members are required to wear masks in all areas of our buildings, starting Friday, June 25th, with the exception of children under 10 and adults with medical conditions.

Do I have to wear a mask in the indoor or outdoor pools?

Any patrons INSIDE of the pool do not have to wear a mask, due to safety reasons. Any patrons OUTSIDE of the pool, on the pool deck, are required to wear masks, with the exception of children under 10 and adults with medical conditions.

Does my child have to wear a mask to summer camp?

Children 10 and older are required to wear a mask during summer camp. Children under 10 are not required to wear a mask, but it is highly encouraged.

Who is exempt from the mask directive?
Individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition, or disability, or who are unable to remove the mask without assistance. Such persons should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield.

Will the YMCA require proof of a medical condition or disability for the exemption mentioned above?
The YMCA will not require documentation verifying the stated medical condition.

Will my child in summer camp be permitted to remove face mask during meal time?
Yes, individuals eating or drinking are permitted to temporarily remove their face covering while they also maintain social distancing from other campers.

Are face masks required for outdoor recreation activities?
Summer campers and members visiting parks and outdoor play spaces at which time they are walking, running, swimming, bicycling, or hiking are not required to wear a face covering.

How long will this state mandate last?
The Y is continuously checking with our local and state officials, in order to receive the most up to date information. Our goal is to communicate any changes in operations with our members and community partners as soon as possible. At the moment, we unfortunately do not have any additional information on how long this state mandate will last. We will have to await on news from the governor’s office in order to share this information. We appreciate your patience.

Where can I receive the most up to date info on any mandate or operational changes?
Our most current information will be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found HERE. You can also call or visit us at the front desk, and our staff will be more than happy to help.

We appreciate all of our members and community partners sticking with us, for your flexibility and for your patience as our health and safety protocols continue to change. Without you, there is no Y, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Stay healthy,

YMCA of Southern Nevada

Virtual Group Exercise Class Updates on July 6th

Y virtual fitness family…just a heads up that our Facebook Live schedule will be changing as of Monday, July 6th. We want to continue to offer these virtual fitness options for our members who aren’t quite ready to come in and join us in person yet – we totally understand! Take a look at the schedule and plan on joining us via Facebook Live! If you can’t make the live class, you can always catch it later – all of our workouts are saved within Facebook videos, so you can watch it on demand, on your schedule!

Consistent exercise boosts your immune system. Until we can all be together again…please stay healthy and keep moving!

To access our Facebook page, please CLICK HERE!

Swim Lessons Begin June 22nd!

Learning to swim offers so much more than safety in the water. It builds self-confidence, develops self-esteem and makes water a safe, fun environment for a lifetime! Summer swim lessons are offered at each of our four branches, starting Monday, June 22! The Y’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are incorporated into every program.

To register online, please CLICK HERE!

Outdoor Water Parks Reopen June 15th!

Exciting news! Our Outdoor Water Parks at our Heinrich Y, Durango Hills Y and Centennial Hills Y reopen on Monday, June 15!

Click Here Before You Arrive to See New Health & Safety Protocols in Place!

For new water park hours, please visit this LINK!

June 4th | Reserve Your Spot in a Group Exercise Class!

Welcome Back to the Y! In order for us to properly follow social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC, we ask that you please register for all group exercise classes in advance. Take a look at the schedule below and click on “sign-up” next to the class you plan on attending. You may have to create a free account if this is your first time using our reservation system. Thanks and we hope to see you back in class very soon!

Click here for in-person group exercise schedules & to reserve your spot in class!

June 2nd | Group Exercise Class Schedules Released & More!

Our Y Health & Wellness Teams from both our Centennial Hills Y and Durango Hills Y have shared their reopening group exercise schedules! We are SO excited to see everyone back in class starting on Monday, June 8th! We have also updated our virtual wellness schedule, too! This new schedule begins on June 8th as well.
We want to make sure we give all of our members options, so hopefully these offerings will fit your personal preferences and schedules. All of these classes are subject to change, so we appreciate your patience and flexibility.

On another note, aqua group exercise classes will begin once all of our pools have reopened the week of June 15th. We will be sharing that schedule in the coming week.

On yet ANOTHER note, we just want to make all of our members aware that unfortunately, Kids’ Gym WILL NOT be open on Monday, June 8th. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience, but due to the Governor’s orders, we are unable to offer it at this time. We hope to be able to open it up very soon, and we will be sure to update everyone as soon as we receive the green light!

Again, we appreciate all of your patience and positivity as we navigate our “new normal.” We hope to see you back in class very soon!

For more info on our schedules, please CLICK HERE!

May 28th | Welcome Back! We’re Reopening June 1st!

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE OUR OFFICIAL RE-OPENING MONDAY, JUNE 1 for two of our four YMCA of Southern Nevada locations! The Centennial Hills YMCA and the Durango Hills YMCA are anxiously awaiting your arrival. We have been working hard behind the scenes to welcome you back in a way that holds the health and safety of our community in the highest regard. Health and well-being are foundational elements of the Y; you can rest assured that we are taking our cleaning and safety protocols seriously.

For more info on our reopening plan, please CLICK HERE!

May 21st | Free COVID-19 Testing at SkyView YMCA

The Southern Nevada Health District and the Southern Nevada Community Health Center will be conducting FREE COVID-19 testing on Thursday, May 21st from 9 AM – 2 PM at the SkyView YMCA (3050 E Centennial Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89081.)

IMPORTANT: You must text 725-724-2428 to make an appointment in advance. All tests will be conducted via a drive-through method. Participants will not need to exit their vehicles.

Any questions regarding the testing must be presented at the testing event, so they can be answered by medical professionals. Please note that the YMCA is only the host site, and will not be able to answer any questions related to the tests. Thank you for understanding.

May 12th | Free Workout App For Y Members!

Our mission at the Y is to support our members on their fitness journey. While our physical locations are closed, we are still here for you. We are launching a brand new app called EGYM that will help you stay active at home. Discover workouts, online classes and fun features that will keep you keep on track to reach your goals. Just download the app in the Apple App or Google Play Stores, by clicking on THIS LINK! If it asks for a code, use “lasvegasymca.”

April 27th | Virtual Homeschool PE Moves to Facebook Live!

UPDATE! We’re moving Virtual Homeschool PE to Facebook LIVE! Same day and time…Thursdays at 12:30 PM…just now on Facebook! CLICK HERE to learn more!

April 22nd | We’ve Added New Classes to our LIVE Virtual Workout Options!

TheY is excited to add NEW LIVE classes to their Y @ Home Virtual Group Exercise schedule! CLICK HERE to learn more!

April 22nd | YMCA Offers Free Virtual Teen Connection Sessions!

Hey Y Teens! We are pleased to invite you to our second virtual Teen Connection session via Zoom on Saturday, April 25th from 2 PM to 5 PM! This session will focus on service-learning, large and small group hangouts and virtual games. All YMCA members ages 11-16 are welcome, even if this is your first time joining Teen Connection (we love new participants!)

To register in advance for our second session, click on the link below.

Once you’ve registered, we will be sending out instructions for joining via email, so keep an eye out for that message! We are so excited to see you all soon and have some virtual fun!

CLICK HERE to register in advance!

YMCA of Southern Nevada Reopens Free Meal Sites!

To best serve the community in this time of need, The YMCA of Southern Nevada is excited to announce that they will reopen their free meal sites on Monday, April 20th, 2020. The Y has partnered with the Clark County School District to provide free, pre-packaged meals to ages 18 and under. Individuals do not have to be Y members to participate.

These sites will be open Monday – Friday, from 11 AM – 1 PM. This will be a “curbside service” method – Y staff will meet participants at their vehicles to distribute the meals. Participants are asked to please follow the parking and line-up directions given by Y staff on-site, and to not exit their vehicles.

Each location’s information is listed below:

For more information, please contact Association Youth & Family Director, Erica Stegall, at estegall@lasvegasymca.org.

April 15th | Virtual Frequent Y’er Program!

As part of our Y @ Home series, we’re taking the Frequent Y’er program outside the walls of the Y! Anytime you participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity, simply go to our website and “scan” your card! To scan your card, all you will need to do is input your first name, last name and the barcode number on your Y key tag, once the pop-up asks you to. Activities could include walking outdoors, virtual classes, in-home workouts with Y instructors, stretching, biking and much more! The goal is to keep moving! Once you’ve reached 10 visits for the month, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win great prizes like Y t-shirts, water bottles, lunch boxes and $50 gift cards. Prizes will be distributed when our Y’s reopen. CLICK HERE to “check-in” with the Y during this period of social distancing!

April 14th | SilverSneakers Virtual Wellness Program Launches Today!

During this period of social distancing, we’ve been working hard to create ways for our members to stay healthy and active from the comfort of their homes. With your SilverSneakers membership, we’d like to invite you to participate in our YMCA virtual wellness program. The program will include a weekly one-on-one call to help you create an in-home wellness routine and provide accountability. Topics will include basic exercises that can be done at home without equipment, step-by-step instructions to login to SilverSneakers classes that can be done online, tips and tricks to make home workouts effective and exciting, and help with nutrition through programs like My Fitness Pal. If you’re a SilverSneakers member, CLICK HERE to email us and set up your virtual wellness visits today!

April 13th | LIVE Virtual Group Exercise Classes Now Available!

Your favorite Y group exercise instructors are excited to bring you Y @ Home Virtual Group Exercise Classes, LIVE from their own living rooms! All classes will be featured on Facebook Live and will be uploaded to our website after they conclude. CLICK HERE to view the schedule and to learn more about accessing these classes!

March 31st | Virtual Homeschool PE Starts Thursday, April 2nd!

Our Y Health & Wellness team is excited to bring you our Virtual Homeschool PE series! Just because our doors are closed, that doesn’t mean we can’t stay fit and have FUN in the process! We’re happy to be reunited with our Homeschool PE families – And for those who have yet to experience this program – you’re invited to join in and see what it’s all about!

Join us every Thursday at 12:30 PM, LIVE on Zoom, for a 30-minute physical education lesson from trained Y staff. We will combine exercise, games, activities and FUN to give children a great foundation for a strong body and mind. The best part is – all of these activities can be done from the comforts of your own living room!

CLICK HERE to learn more and to access our FREE Homeschool PE series!

March 30th | What Our Y Preschool Teachers Have Been Up To

We wanted to set this new week off right with a positive #MondayMood and share what our Y Preschool Directors & Teachers have been up to during the closure!

  1. All preschool staff have taken the time to fully sanitize and deep clean all of the classrooms, so their awesome students will be safe upon re-opening.
  2. Our teachers have been checking in with students with virtual home visits – during these meetings, they check on the student’s work progress and socialize, as well as assist the family in any way possible.
  3. Our preschool team has been sending out learning and physical activities through our parent communication app, Bloomz.
  4. Bloomz is also a great platform for our students to show and tell their teachers what they’ve been up to while at home.
  5. Our staff has been busy getting together Preschool curriculum for their “Preparing Infants” series. Each Y location has a drop-box outside, with free packets to grab-and-go on a weekly basis. This has been especially helpful for our families without access to a printer.
  6. Just because our doors are closed, that doesn’t mean our teachers have stopped learning either! Y Preschool staff have continued their training schedules virtually, in order to become even stronger educators for our students.
  7. Our Y Preschool staff have created a Facebook group for all parents, so they can stay in touch and access fun, exclusive at-home activities.
  8. The most important thing that our Y Preschool Teachers have been up to is missing all of their students dearly! We can’t wait to get back to normal and reunite in the classroom!

March 27th | My Name is Coronavirus Book

Our Y preschool teachers are currently sharing this book with their students, which explains the Coronavirus to children, in a format they can understand. We hope this book is useful for you and your family, and will help ease some fears and stress surrounding COVID-19. CLICK HERE to read the book!

March 26th | Y @ Home Chair Yoga Video

We’ve teamed up with P3 Health Partners to produce a great beginners chair yoga routine, featuring our own Health & Wellness Director, Sonya Walker! This video is great for individuals with balance issues. We hope this Y @ Home opportunity helps you stay healthy, balanced and fit! Click on the link below to get started!

Y @ Home | Chair Yoga

March 26th | Emergency Childcare Service Cancelled

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Friday, March 27th will be our last day of operations for our Emergency Childcare service. Unfortunately, the need and interest does not exist at this time. The Y will continue to monitor the situation and will reassess if this service will be needed in the near future. We apologize for the inconvenience. VISIT THIS PAGE for interest lists, volunteer nurse registration and more info on the program, should we be able to reopen at a later time.

March 26th | Video Message from YMCA of Southern Nevada CEO

YMCA of Southern Nevada President & CEO, Mike Lubbe, asks our Y community to please stay with us during this unprecedented time. For more information about any of the initiatives the Y is currently doing or to help in any way, please keep checking this page for up-to-date information.

March 25th | SkyView YMCA to Hold Blood Drive on April 6th, in Response to Blood Shortage

Right now, the American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during this coronavirus pandemic. Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate and patients need a sufficient blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond.

The SkyView YMCA will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, April 6th, from 9 AM – 3 PM. The Red Cross will be bringing their mobile donation van to our Y facility, located at 3050 E Centennial Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89081.

According to the American Red Cross, their top priority is the safety of their donors, volunteers, employees and blood recipients. They have shared that donating blood is safe and they will be taking extra precautionary measures during the blood drive to ensure everyone’s health and safety. To read more about their safety protocols, please visit THIS LINK.

Please consider donating blood on April 6th, if you can.

March 20th | IMPORTANT UPDATE: Three Square Ceases Operations, YMCA Free Meal Sites Cancelled

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of Friday, March 20th, community partner Three Square has ceased all volunteer activities in their building, to ensure the health of their staff and volunteers. The pause of these activities will stay in place for the foreseeable future. This unfortunately means that they will no longer have the ability to produce and deliver meals for our YMCA Free Meal Site locations.

Our last meals will be served on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Y locations below. This will be a “grab-and-go” method – Y staff will meet you at each facility’s front door.

Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA | 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Durango Hills YMCA | 3521 N Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129

SkyView YMCA | 3050 E Centennial Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89081

We understand the strain this puts on our community – and we apologize for any inconvenience this brings our members and Las Vegas residents. It is our responsibility to serve our community’s greatest needs, and we realize that food insecurity is one of them. Please know that we would continue serving if we could and had the resources – but we must respect and abide by our community partner’s decision. To help, we have included a list of sites that are still serving as free meal sites in the valley. We hope that this helps with this otherwise disheartening news. As always, the Y has your back – we will continue to brainstorm ways we can best serve our community during this time. We are #VegasStrong.

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF FREE MEAL SITES


March 20th | YMCA of Southern Nevada Begins Outreach Initiative to Support Seniors Amid Crisis

During these times of uncertainty, it is important now, more than ever, that we come together as a Y movement to remain connected and foster a sense of community. While facing this unprecedented circumstance and knowing that our older adult population is more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to help make this group feel connected, heard, comforted, and loved.

STAYING INFORMED

The Y has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful for our older adult population. As a Y, it is our responsibility to ensure that our seniors get all of the help and resources that they may need during this unsettling time. CLICK HERE to view those resources.

STAYING CONNECTED

In addition, the YMCA of Southern Nevada is excited to launch our new Senior Outreach Initiative! We understand that this is a very scary, confusing and uncertain time for our senior population. The Y hopes to be able to help comfort our Active Older Adults and foster a sense of “staying connected” during this crisis.

In the coming weeks, Y staff, members and volunteers will be assigned a “Senior Buddy,” chosen from our existing Y membership base, to check in with on a frequent basis. Our senior members who are interested in participating in this initiative will receive frequent phone calls, texts messages, FaceTime/Skype calls and/or emails from a caring Y staff member or volunteer.

These “wellness checks” will serve as a reminder to our Active Older Adults that the Y is here to emotionally support them during the closure, and will be here for them in the case that any needs arise. Our volunteers will be checking on their general welfare and noting any items or resources that our senior members may need. Our overarching goal is to keep them connected to our Y community.

Anyone interested in joining our Senior Outreach Initiative to help us reach out to our seniors at the Y, please register at THIS LINK. Just one phone call can help brighten a senior’s day.

STAYING ACTIVE

We want to take this opportunity for all Active Older Adults to continue focusing on their health & wellness at home! Our partner, SilverSneakers, offers a wide variety of FREE workouts on their Facebook page. You can view those by following THIS LINK. You’ll find everything on the “videos” tab. Please let us know if you find a new favorite exercise!

In addition, we have multiple other FREE at-home workout resources, for every fitness level! Be sure to check out all of our at-home workout resources – CLICK HERE!

If you are a senior in our community who needs our help, regardless if you are a Y member or not, please reach out to us. Email info@lasvegasymca.org with any questions, thoughts, or concerns. Social responsibility is one of the pillars of our mission, and since 1944, we have existed to serve our Las Vegas community. We will get through this together.

March 20th | Options for Y Membership Holders

You probably have a lot of questions about your Y membership. Below, we give you four options for your Y membership, as well as action steps to take depending on which one you choose.

Option 1

I want to support my Y during this time. Please use my monthly dues as a donation.

By continuing to pay your membership dues, you are ensuring the YMCA can continue offering critical child care to mission-essential community members, like medical personnel and first responders, and essential staff who have to work. We will be able to continue our free meal program to community residents 18 and under, striving towards the goal of no child going hungry during this crisis. We will be also be able to continue to reach out and support our seniors with phone to help ease the challenges of isolation.

With this option, your membership dues become tax-deductible donations to the YMCA. When our YMCA is able to reopen, you will receive a tax letter for the amount you donated.

To use your monthly dues as a tax-deductible donation to the Y, please email sdavis@lasvegasymca.org

Option 2

I want to keep my Y going, sign me up for the Y Bucks Program.

With the Y Bucks Program, you can help us keep the Y going by continuing to pay your monthly membership dues. In exchange for your support during this critical time, we’re offering Y Bucks in the amount of your monthly membership dues per for each month we are closed. Consider this a “Match Your Membership” offer! These Y Bucks may be used for personal training, small group training, youth swim lessons, youth sports leagues, and more.

To keep your membership going and to sign up for the Y Bucks program, please email your branch’s membership staff below.

Option 3

Please place my membership on hold. I love the Y and I will be back!

We are looking forward to when we can all be together again. With this option, we will place your membership on hold for the duration we are closed and waive the hold fee. Please note memberships placed on hold are not eligible for the Y Bucks offer. To be eligible, you must maintain an active membership.

To put your membership on hold, please email your branch’s membership staff below.

Option 4

I love the Y but at this time we need to cancel our membership.

To cancel your membership, please email your branch’s membership staff below and they will assist you with this process.

If none of the above options work for you, please reach out to your branch’s membership staff to discuss.

March 18th | YMCA of Southern Nevada Ready to Provide Emergency Childcare for First Responders

Throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon in times of crisis, conflict, and strife to provide critical services. In the past few days, the YMCA of Southern Nevada has been contacted by emergency services about providing childcare for their mission-critical staff. Without schools in session, they cannot work; and without work, they cannot provide for their families or serve our community.

With the support and assistance of local community partners, the Y is prepared to offer full-day emergency childcare for first responders, military, hospital personnel, and other essential staff that must report to work. During this program, children will enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports, movies, and supervision from experienced Y staff.

We will take extraordinary precautions in the provision of this service. Our emergency childcare facility has been thoroughly cleaned using HALT, a hospital-grade bacteriacidal, virucidal, mildewcidal, fungicidal, disinfectant that is proven effective against norovirus, canine parvovirus and blood borne pathogens. Upon arrival, staff and children will receive a health screen, wash and sanitize hands, and remain in small groups of ten while also practicing social distancing.

Throughout the day, registered nurses and volunteers with a health care background will monitor children and staff, looking for symptoms of COVID-19. Those that display symptoms will be sent home immediately.

The YMCA of Southern Nevada, in partnership with Three Square, will continue to provide dinner daily from 4 PM – 6 PM at our Heinrich YMCA, Durango Hills YMCA and SkyView YMCA. In the event that emergency childcare is offered, lunch and dinner will be provided to children in our emergency care. Parents should send their children with breakfast, snacks, and a water bottle with their name clearly displayed.

YMCA Emergency Childcare will operate at the Heinrich YMCA located at 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89107, from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., seven days per week. UPDATE: Due to a large amount of interest, we are prepared to open up a second emergency childcare location at our Centennial Hills YMCA located at 6601 N Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Parents in need of care should express interest at THIS LINK. Per state law, children ages 3-4 years must provide a signed Health Statement from a physician before admission. A copy of this form can be found at the link above. They will also need Proof of Immunizations. Copies of immunization records can be found at webiz.nv.gov. School-age children (5-12 years) do not need a signed Health
Statement or Proof of Immunizations.

For immediate questions, please contact Association Youth & Family Director, Erica Stegall at estegall@lasvegasymca.org.

Through collaborations and community support, we can overcome and will – once again – prove we are Vegas Strong.

March 18th | YMCAs Members Across the Country Invited to Take Part in FREE Stay Health-Y Fitness Challenge!

During these times of uncertainty, it is important now, more than ever, that we come together as a Y movement to remain connected and foster a sense of community. With that being said, our fitness team friends at the YMCA of Central Ohio have been working to create an all-new, month-long virtual fitness challenge, Stay Health-Y. The challenge begins Monday, March 23rd!

This fitness challenge is designed for members to keep moving and be active in ways that may have never been thought of before. Participants log, track and complete 600 minutes of activity throughout the course of 30 days- and compete with Y members to see who can rack up the most points! Best of all- they are offering all of this FREE to members across the country. This means you’re up, Las Vegas!

Members can track workouts and meals using our YTRAAK platform. It’s simple to sign up for an account and begin log workouts/healthy meals. A cool aspect of it all is that it provides a social component- so you can see what others are logging, too, and provides a little bit of healthy competition.

They have opened up this challenge to Ys across the nation- in hopes that our members can connect with not only their immediate community but with others from all over the country to help us build a collective Y virtual community.

We hope our Y members will jump in on this challenge. All are welcome. All have access, at no cost.

Learn more about this program and register for FREE here: www.ytraak.org/stayhealthy. Confirmation code is STAYHEALTHY.

In addition, we have multiple other formats for our members to use, in order to focus on their health & wellness at home! Please check out all of your options AT THIS PAGE – we will continue to add to this list daily!

March 16th | YMCA Locations Will Serve as Three Square Open Meal Sites During Closure

The Y has confirmed that our Three Square Open Meal sites at our Heinrich Y, Durango Hills Y and SkyView Y will remain open during the closure, starting Tuesday, March 17th. These sites are open to the public (you do not have to be a member.) Ages 18 and under are welcome to a free meal. These sites will be open Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 6 PM and Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM – 1 PM. This will be a “grab-and-go” method – Y staff will meet you at each facility’s front door. Each location’s information is listed below:

Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA | 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Durango Hills YMCA | 3521 N Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129

SkyView YMCA | 3050 E Centennial Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89081

March 16th | Cox Announces Plans to Support Residential Customers in Need During Coronavirus Pandemic

Check out this press release regarding Cox Communication’s efforts to increase residential internet speed and the Connect2Compete program, a low-cost internet product for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. To ensure digital equity for students without internet at home, these changes intend to help families with online learning at home. For a limited time, first month of free service has also been introduced for new Connect2Compete customers.

CLICK HERE for more info.

March 16th | Resource on Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We realize that these are unsettling times in our community. Here at the Y, our plan is to remain transparent and open with our communication, offer essential community services in response to need and offer resources to help keep everyone active, healthy and connected! We will be sharing additional activities and resources throughout the coming weeks, but for today, we found an article on speaking with your children about the coronavirus, because we are sure they have plenty of questions! We hope you find this helpful, please stay tuned for more resources – we will get through this, together!

CLICK HERE TO READ

March 15th | All Y Facilities Closed & Programs on Pause Until Further Notice

To our members, staff, program participants and volunteers,

Your health and safety are our first priority.

Out of an abundance of caution, the YMCA of Southern Nevada has made the difficult decision to shut down all four of our Las Vegas facilities. There was no confirmed exposure of COVID-19 in our branches, but we intend to take this time to do a deep cleaning of all facilities. We are currently working with community leaders on how the Y can best serve our community during this time. We will keep everyone informed on when we plan to reopen, and what types of community services we will offer.

Our branches will be closed starting Monday, March 16th. More information will be shared in the coming days on when we plan to reopen.

In addition, our branches will pause all classes and programs. This includes preschool, Kids’ Gym, group exercise classes, youth sports, swim lessons, group activities and more. The YMCA will reevaluate the situation and will keep all members, staff, program participants and volunteers up to date on the status of these programs.

What if I purchased a program in March?

If you have already purchased a full month of a program, you will be given a system credit to continue the program once the Y reopens. In addition, you will receive the remainder of that month at no cost.

What if I want to pause or cancel my membership?

We can completely understand. We recognize this is an ambiguous time and at the Y we always want you to feel safe. As a community benefit non-profit, membership dues are the foundation of our work. Regardless of COVID-19, there are kids and families we are still trying to serve. The community is counting on the Y and we are working hard through this crisis to be there as the community needs us. We are doing everything possible to keep our doors open and we need members like you – good humans – to help us continue to put good out there. That’s the Y difference. We understand your concerns but ask that you continue to be a part of our movement at a critical time like this. It’s easy to forget that membership means more to a Y during this time. Please help us be a part of the solution and keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active can help ensure the future of our continued community impact. Thank YOU for helping us make our community a better place.

Any membership options can be discussed by reaching out to your local branch’s Membership Team:

Can my children still take part in the Three Square Open Meal Site?

The Y has confirmed that our Three Square Open Meal sites at our Heinrich Y, Durango Hills Y and SkyView Y will remain open during the closure, starting Tuesday, March 17th. These sites are open to the public (you do not have to be a member.) Ages 18 and under are welcome to a free meal. These sites will be open Monday – Saturday, approximately 4 PM – 6 PM. This will be a “grab-and-go” method – Y staff will meet you at each facility’s front door. Each location’s information is listed below:

Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA | 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Durango Hills YMCA | 3521 N Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129

SkyView YMCA | 3050 E Centennial Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89081

If I’m a military member, what happens if you’re closed and I do not get my required amount of scans this month?

We love our military members & families! We will place all Department of Defense memberships on hold, and will work with the Armed Services Y to reinstate this program once operations return to normal.

How can I keep up with my workout routine at home?

Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. The Y fully supports your decision to stay active while at home – kudos to you! We have a variety of at-home exercise options for you to try, at no extra charge to you! Please see below for a few different formats for all skill and ability levels. We hope you’ll find a new class you love!

To see a list of all of our at-home workout options, CLICK HERE!

How can I keep my kids engaged and entertained at home?

We have compiled some amazing resources for you to help keep your little ones active, stimulated and learning! From virtual museum tours to fun DIY STEM activities, we hope the following helps keep boredom at bay.

CLICK HERE FOR ACTIVITIES!

Thank you for being part of our YMCA family. We appreciate your patience during this unsettling time, and we hope to be back to normal operations very soon.

Stay Healthy,

YMCA of Southern Nevada

March 14th | All AOA Group Exercise Classes Cancelled & Kim Reed Center Closed

We have been in touch with you over the past couple of days to keep you informed about the steps we are taking to try to decrease the spread of the virus, along with the empowering actions everyone can take to minimize the potential for exposure and infection.

While facing this unprecedented circumstance and knowing that our older adult population is more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, we are taking the following actions for programs and activities that directly involve close contact with either program/class participants and/or instructors.

As of today, all AOA Group Exercise classes at all 4 Y locations will be cancelled until further notice.

In addition, our Kim Reed Center at the Heinrich YMCA is also closed until further notice. Staff will be using this time to clean and sanitize the space, and will not allow access until it is cleared to be re-opened.

We want to take this opportunity for all active older adults to continue focusing on their health & wellness at home! Our partner, SilverSneakers, offers a wide variety of FREE workouts on their Facebook page. You can view those by following THIS LINK. You’ll find everything on the “videos” tab. Please let us know if you find a new favorite exercise! (A special shout-out to Ellen, one of our fabulous members, for recommending this!)

In addition, we urge all members who are affected by these cancellations to continue to remain connected to your friends and family. FaceTime is a wonderful tool to connect with loved ones from a distance. Maybe there is a new book you’ve been meaning to read, or a puzzle you have been wanting to finish. If that’s the case, there’s no better time than now! (And if you have any good book suggestions, please feel free to share them here – we’re looking for new reads too!)

We will get through this together. The Y truly appreciates all of our members’ patience at this time, and we hope to see you back in our facilities very soon!

March 13th | Free At-Home Workouts!

Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. While we would love to see you at the Y, we honor and respect each individual’s choice with regard to your health. If you are practicing social distancing, we support this decision and have a variety of at-home exercise options for you to try with the announcement of our new line of virtual classes, called Y360!

Now, free to all members for a limited time, you can take group exercise classes right in your own home! You can now find some of your favorite classes on YouTube. With several classes available ranging from eight to thirty minutes, we know you’ll find a class you love.

FIND VIDEOS HERE!

March 13th |  Cancellation Notice

Knowing that our older adult population is more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, we have taken precautionary measures to postpone large group activities with our seniors. The following events have been cancelled until further notice:

The YMCA is a community-focused organization committed to Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. It is our goal to provide as much reasonable protection for our members, staff and community as possible. We realize these changes are a disruption to routines and the communities within our walls. We want to reassure you that as a group, the Y is doing everything we can to continually assess the situation and make decisions based on the greatest potential for positive outcomes.

It is because of all of you that we can say that we are an amazing place. We couldn’t be US without YOU. We wish you and your families all the best in health. Any questions you may have can be shared with your branch leadership teams or program director. We will do our very best to continue to keep you informed.

March 12th | Message from Y CEO, Mike Lubbe

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