Zane Moore calls it “the boldest move we ever made,” and the Bucks County YMCA under his direction is not short of bold moves. The latest is the “Here for Our Community Initiative.”
Through Dec. 31, YMCA of Bucks County and Hunterdon County YMCA are opening their doors and inviting the community to try the Y for free. With branches in Doylestown, Newtown, Quakertown and Warminster in Pennsylvania and Flemington and Annandale in New Jersey, these Ys are able to impact community health and wellness.
That’s right – New Jersey is in on the offer.
Hunterdon County YMCA and YMCA of Bucks County have entered into a management agreement for the Bucks YMCA to provide executive leadership to Hunterdon County’s Y. Under the agreement, Moore, president and CEO of YMCA of Bucks County also leads the Hunterdon County YMCA.
Safety measures are in place, Moore said. “We’ve spread out equipment, improved the filtration system and enhanced cleaning,” Moore said this week. “We want people to come in and see what we have and see others here.” And there’s Child Watch, a free service to parents who take advantage of programs.
In addition, the two YMCAs are providing free virtual wellness for the entire community through Jan. 31, the height of winter weather. Everyone in the community is invited to create a free account to access Y Wellness 24/7 from their home, office or anywhere, anytime. Y Wellness 24/7 is a virtual platform that provides live and on-demand health and wellness programs.
As the community returns to normal and the pandemic eases, YMCA of Bucks County and Hunterdon County YMCA are committing resources to help the community get back to feeling well and connected.
“The Y is here for our community. We understand the physical, mental and emotional toll the past 20 months have taken on members of our community,” Moore said. “We are inviting our communities to prioritize their health and well-being and utilize our Y to get started, both in-person and online. Our caring, knowledgeable staff will meet you where you are and help and support you along the way.”
Moore goes down a list of improvements that have been made to Ys in the past few years. The Doylestown expansion is complted, Quakertown faciliees had been renovated, Warminster has a new aquatics center, Chandler Hall in Newtown is home to a Y fitness center and the Fairless Hill building is being rebuilt.
Both YMCA of Bucks County and Hunterdon County YMCA are charitable, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Together they serve over 70,000 members and participants annually through child care and camp, fitness programs, swim lessons, and team sports for people of all ages, incomes, and abilities.
Each year they provide nearly $5.5 million of financial assistance to individuals and families and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and others.