The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a financial hit to every single industry, including nonprofits and charitable organizations, like the Boonslick Heartland YMCA.

While the Y still is receiving donations and membership fees to help it stay afloat, it did lose 25% of its membership through holds when the doors were shut March 17.

Members who continue to pay fees, despite the closure, has allowed the YMCA to continue to pay staff, along with the money it received from the CARES Act stimulus.

“The money we received will help maintain payroll for the next two months,” Schneringer said. “If we didn’t get that payroll protection money it would have had a very significant impact on us financially.”

The Y has eight full-time staff and approximately 50 part time. The board decided to pay all the staff that works at least 10 hours per week on a regular basis. Around 90% of staff still are getting paied, Schneringer said.

The decision to shut the doors to the main facility was an easier one for the YMCA board, CEO Matt Schneringer said. The harder decision was for its day care centers since the YMCA is one of the largest child care providers in Cooper and Howard County, he said.

“On a daily basis, before we shut down, we had 170 kids every day. We decided to keep those open as much as possible,” he said.

The daycare center located across from the old Pinnacle Hospital now has approximately 20 kids still attending, Schneringer said. They are primarily the children of nurses, police officers and fire fighters.

The Early Childhood Learning Center is primarily used for infants and toddlers. The school age childcare center at the YMCA is closed but will reopen once the decision has been made to open the building again, Schneringer said.

The decision to close the local YMCA still was a difficult one, Schneringer said. A reopening date suggestion to the board will be based on state and local guidance.

In the meantime, the Y is holding virtual home workouts and online virtual meetings.

Christy Rehagen is doing Zoom workouts with some of her older adults and around 10-15 people participate.

“Obviously it’s not as good as being with everybody in the classroom,” Schneringer said.

Meetings on an reopen date continue to be held. Decisions have to be made on which programs can start back up right away and which will have to wait, Schneringer said.

Spring programs were already canceled, but summer programs still could continue as scheduled. The kids soccer season may get rescheduled for the summer, depending on participation, along with t-ball, adult softball leagues and summer camp programs that already are taking place.

The YMCA may also hold family nights, where they show movies.

“It’s obviously going to depend on what the governor mandates,” Schneringer said. “Once we’re allowed to open, we’ll look at doing a partial reopen and see if we can’t get a few people back in the YMCA.”

Classes will not happen, however, so there are not larger group gatherings.

“We’re looking at something like doing tee times like a golf course, where people can schedule a time to come in and workout,” Schneringer said. “That way we can kind of control the number of people in the building and we don’t get too many people in there at the same time.”

Due to the building’s size, the Y could still follow the 10 or fewer guideline.

“Obviously we are not going to start anymore classes yet, not until we can get more than 10 people together,” Schneringer said. “The pool is down for maintenance because a part is broken so that might take a little while.”

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