WHAT TO EXPECT
Your experience will be a little different from what you are accustomed to, as participants will need to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines for the health and safety of members, youth and staff. Please take a moment to get familiar with some of the guidelines our members will have to follow for the time being.
Per the Governor’s mandate: face coverings must be worn at all times while inside the YMCA, except while eating, drinking and in an aquatic setting (pool, shower); this includes wearing a mask while working out in the Fitness Center
Bandanas, buffs and gaiters are not considered acceptable face coverings for use inside the Fitness Center
Y staff will provide a disposable mask to those without an acceptable face covering
Children ages 12-13 may use the Fitness Center when accompanied by a parent- subject to an orientation with Y staff (child and parent must be members and both will need to make a reservation); children ages 14 & up may use the Fitness Center without a parent
Reservations must be made in advance to utilize the facility—please use our online ‘Reserve a Workout’ portal or call Member Services to make a reservation
Your temperature will be checked at Member Services upon entry; Attestation Form must be signed each time you enter for contact tracing purposes
Members should wipe down equipment before and after each use; disinfectant will be available in the Fitness Center
Physical distancing will be in effect throughout the building; please follow floor and wall signage for instructions
Showers are available but must be planned accordingly to fit within your reservation time allowance; members should come dressed to workout/swim.
Whirlpool, sauna and steam room remained closed per the Governor’s orders
Racquetball courts remained closed; group exercise available by reservation; Basketball Courts can be reserved by members as an individual, cohabitants or family members, but cannot be used for contact sports between two or more people not in the same household (no pickup games, etc).
If you are in need of childcare at this time, please contact our Youth Development Department for more information.
We know that school is going to look a lot different this Fall, so the Y is here to help! We’re pleased to offer school day Enrichment Programs structured to provide your child time and space to complete their virtual coursework. Your kids will enjoy a safe place to learn and connect, and you’ll have peace of mind as you focus on responsibilities at work and home.
We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. We are also committed to inspiring a spirit of service by uniting individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change. Our Y Cares Initiative was developed to strengthen our community via hands-on service projects and advocacy. If you are a local organization or community volunteer and would like to partner with us, please reach out to Lauren de Jong, Marketing & Communications Director, to discuss your ideas.
YMCA housing was started in the 1860s to give young men moving to cities from rural areas safe and affordable lodging. Facilities included gyms, auditoriums and hotel-like rooms. Chicago’s Farwell Hall, the first known YMCA dormitory, was completed in 1867. Between 1922 and 1940, YMCA accommodations grew from approximately 55,000 rooms to more than 100,000, more than any hotel chain at the time. Among those who stayed at YMCA residences: journalists Andy Rooney and Dan Rather, African American leaders Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., novelist Jack Kerouac and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young.
Our Residency in Gloversville provides supportive housing for the homeless and potentially homeless. For questions, please contact our VP of Residency Services.
MORE THAN A GYM
The Y is so much more than a gym. We are the leading nonprofit committed to empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. In March 2020 we gave our members the option of staying with us as a sustaining member to support our many critical services that remained operational even while the fitness center doors were closed; pausing a membership; or cancelling a membership. Y memberships are not fitness memberships: they are investments in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility!
If you did not place your membership on hold between March and September of 2020, you played a vital role in helping us continue to meet the needs of kids, families and individuals in our communities who need us most. Those that continued to support the Y during the shutdown will receive a charitable contribution acknowledgment to reflect your sustaining membership gift during the closure. No action is needed to become a sustaining member.
COVID-19 holds were available through September 2020 and valid through December 31, 2020.
As of 2021, we can honor medical holds (with a physician's note) or seasonal residence holds (for snow birds with proof of seasonal residency). Please complete this hold form if applicable.
If you wish to reactive your membership to take advantage of some of the safe options currently available, please call to initiate this process. Reactivation requires a prorated membership fee be paid over the phone and normal monthly drafts will resume the following month. For annual members currently on hold, no action is needed to reactivate.
Annual Members will have their membership automatically extended as long as it did not expire before the March 17, 2020 shutdown. Your extension length is relative to your expiration date. This is a courtesy to assist our members during the global pandemic.
Auto-draft monthly members who placed their accounts on COVID hold, please contact Member Services by March 31, 2021 to notify us of your membership intentions.
If you wish to cancel at this time, we understand and are here to help. A signed Termination Form is needed to complete this request. The process can take 10 business days to take effect so take this into consideration that your cancellation may not precede your next scheduled draft date.