The Ocean County YMCA, which is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, addresses COVID-19 health concerns by offering virtual programming and a 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 to promote healthy living.
We have also increased phone outreach initiatives to protect the wellbeing of our 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.
Our Y 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 free virtual programming. We are 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.
Our continued partnership with Fulfill (formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties), allows the YMCA staff to package and distribute Crisis Relief Boxes to those experiencing food insecurity every Friday.
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!”