ELLSWORTH – The Down East Family YMCA closed its facilities in Ellsworth, Bucksport and Blue Hill this week in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“The financial impact to our YMCA will be significant and devastating; however, we believe that by working together we will come through this emergency as a stronger, healthier and more cohesive community,” said CEO Peter Farragher.
The closure of the Y’s two Ellsworth child-care facilities will be a particular hardship, not only to the organization but to the approximately 200 families that rely on it. Child-care services generate over half of the Y’s operating revenue, according to Farragher. The YMCA employs about 148 people.
In a letter to members March 16, Farragher thanked them for their support and asked that they continue to pay membership dues during the closure.
“My friends, not cancelling or freezing your membership at this time will provide the YMCA with the resources to stay viable in our community. Without your support, the YMCA will have difficultly navigating through this present crisis,” he wrote. “COVID-19 is the greatest threat this YMCA has ever encountered.”
YMCA staff will be posting fitness programs online and on social media.