Will YGBW run summer camp?
Yes! In alignment with the orders issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we anticipate beginning our summer camp programs on Monday, June 8 at the Lionville Community YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, and Upper Main Line YMCA. In accordance with the conclusion of local school districts, camps will begin on Monday, June 15 at the Brandywine YMCA, Oscar Lasko YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA.
As we take into account the many precautions that need to be implemented, capacity limits and staffing needs, it is unfortunately not possible to open our Octorara YMCA Program Center for camp and childcare this summer. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience we know this causes. While the situation we are in due to COVID-19 continually changes, we anticipate reopening our childcare program at Octorara this fall. For the summer, if you were planning to use our Octorara YMCA, please contsider care at our Jennersville YMCA or Brandywine YMCA—both of which are a short distance from the Octorara YMCA Program Center. Our staff will be happy to assist you in transferring your child’s registration if you would like. Simply contact Aaron Karpas, Jennersville YMCA Executive Director.
While we know summer camp will look different this summer in light of COVID-19, your child will still have every opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the YMCA. We've adapted our summer camp program to align with the latest health and safety directives and recommendations provided by the CDC, American Camping Association and the State of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the new procedures and/or register for camp. Space is limited to ensure social distancing. In addition, we are not running all camps this summer, as some camps do not align well with the health and safety protocols we've implemented.
When will YGBW reopen childcare?
Yes! We expect our childcare programs to reopen on Monday, June 8. We are following the latest health and safety directives and recommendations provided by the health department and government.
When will the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) reopen?
We expect our camp and childcare programs only to reopen on Monday, June 8. As noted in the reopening orders issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we cannot open the rest of our facilities at this time and a date for when they can reopen is not yet known. This includes but is not limited to: fitness centers, group exercise classes, tracks, locker rooms, etc. Our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of our staff, members and visitors. We are following the directives provided by the health department and government, as well as implementing new procedures and protocols to protect the health and safety of all. Learn more about the procedures we are implementing to protect your health and safety.
Will YGBW open outdoor pools?
Yes! We plan to open some of outdoor pools and details will be provided shortly.
What is the status of programs such as swim lessons, sports and more at YGBW?
If you were enrolled in early spring programs, credits or refunds have been applied to your account. See a complete list by program. If you were enrolled in late spring programs or our spring youth sports leagues, you have received a full refund for any fees you had paid, as we will not be able to open by the start of those programs unfortunately.
Is the Y continuing to charge me for my membership while closed?
Yes. While closed, membership fees are being converted to tax-deductible donations. Once we reopen, members will receive acknowledgment letters that can be used when filing their 2020 taxes. With the passage of the CARES act, taxpayers can deduct up to $300 in charitable donations on their 2020 taxes even if they do not itemize.
How are my membership dues being used?
Your dues are supporting the work being undertaken to strengthen our community during the pandemic and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Y. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, YGBW has:
- Safely hosted more than a dozen blood drives at our branches to address a critical shortage in our community
- Opened our facilities to serve as food collection and distribution sites for those who need food during this time
- Offered virtual exercise classes daily for our entire community
- Connected members through virtual “coffee hours” weekly
- Provided online family activities including STEM projects, virtual storytime and more.
Learn more about these efforts and how you can get involved under the “Supporting Our Community" section below.
Do I have to continue paying my membership dues while you are closed?
No. You can place your membership on hold at no charge. To do this or make other changes to your membership during this time, simply complete this form.
Who do I contact if I need more information about my membership?
Please call us at 610-643-9622, x2144. We are responding as quickly as possible, but we ask for your patience as we are receiving many requests.
Supporting Our Community
How is the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The YMCA is supporting and connecting our community in countless ways during this time, including:
- Safely opening our doors to serve as food collection and distribution sites and host blood drives to address a severe shortage of blood
- Offering virtual exercise classes daily, that are available to our entire community
- Connecting our older members with several virtual “coffee hours” weekly
- Providing online family activities including at home STEM projects, virtual story time daily, tips and more
How can I help?
We need both volunteers and donations.
Like many non-profits, we are facing significant financial stress. The majority of our funds come from membership fees, program fees and donations. With our doors closed, almost every aspect of our branch operations has come to a halt, severely limiting our ability to generate the financial resources needed to meet our commitments. Donations are much needed to ensure our long-term sustainability. Make a donation.
Volunteers are also needed to safely assist with our efforts. Specifically, these include:
- Drop off food donations on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 4 pm at the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, or Oscar Lasko YMCA. Food donations are being distributed to those in need in our community. We are in need of pasta, rice, peanut butter and cereal, as well as canned fruits, vegetables, tuna and chicken.
- Donate blood at one of our upcoming blood drives
- Donate PPE to our local hospitals
- Help check in on members who are living alone