TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County YMCA in Toms River, which is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, addresses COVID-19 health concerns by offering virtual programming and new #StayingWithUs initiative.
“At the Y, we are committed to ensuring social distancing does not become social isolation,” said Peter Rosario, President and CEO of the Ocean County YMCA. “During these unprecedented times, we have created virtual content through Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live to continue engaging with members and promote healthy living. You can also update your Facebook profile image with our new profile frame to let everyone know that you’re #StayingWithUs.”
The Ocean County YMCA has also increased phone outreach initiatives to protect the wellbeing of its most vulnerable members. “By continuing to promote healthy living and social connectedness, we are impacting the future by ensuring continued positive outcomes for preventing things such as senior isolation,” said Rosario.
Carol, a member of the Ocean County YMCA, recently said, “You have no idea what it means to us that we can still see each other’s faces. We need to thank you so much for thinking and caring for all of us in this creative way.”
The Ocean County YMCA is offering virtual classes such as yoga, fitness classes, story time and book/crochet club. Those interested can take part in the Ocean County YMCA’s virtual programming by visiting ocymca.org or the Ocean County YMCA’s Facebook page (@OCYMCA). “We would like to extend our gratitude to the Grunin Foundation for providing us with access to Zoom accounts so that we are able to offer virtual programming to the community,” said Rosario.
The Ocean County YMCA is also creating specific content to promote physical activity, and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects among youth at a time when they too are lacking their normal educational structure, physical activity and social supports. “Developing activities and exercise for children and families to share is changing outcomes and creating new ways to educate and promote fitness at home,” said Michael P. Ritacco, Board of Directors Chair of the Ocean County YMCA.
The Ocean County YMCA is continuing its ongoing partnership with Fulfill (formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties), and the YMCA staff is packaging and distributing meals to those experiencing food insecurity. “The number of requests for Crisis Relief Boxes have doubled in one week,” Ritacco said. “This allows the YMCA to provide a safety net for its community’s most vulnerable populations.”
Looking to the future, the Ocean County YMCA will continue to work to advance its cause and strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. “The Y is committed to bringing strength to our community in good times and bad,” said Rosario. “Together, we are stronger!”
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