April 16, 2020 - With people across communities doing their part to stay home and help flatten the curve, the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford announced the launch today of their first Virtual YMCA; ywearehere.ca. Fully accessible and free to the community, the Virtual Y brings YMCA programs and services directly to people from the convenience of their homes.

The website includes a collection of YMCA resources designed to support people of all ages and abilities in spirit, mind and body including free online:
  • Fitness classess for adults, children and seniors
  • Learning resources and children's activities from YMCA Child Development experts
  • Wellness supports including guided meditations and self-care resources
  • YMCA employment services and immigrant services information
  • As well as a collection of the YMCA's favourite free online resources including virtual tours, music and cooking classes.
"Our collective efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19 come with added social isolation for many people right now. The fact is this can be even more challenging for individuals and families facing financial challenges," said Jim Commeford, President & CEO, YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford. "At the Y, we've always been committed to connecting people to their communities. Our Virtual Y is part of our COVID-19 response effort at the YMCA and a means for us to give back to our communities in some small way."

In addition to the Virtual Y, the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford is now offering YMCA employment and immigrant settlement services via phone or online via YtoWork.ca as well as supporting the 170+ local men at-risk, living at their Men's residence within the Hamilton Downtown YMCA.

While the Virtual Y already includes dozens of free fitness classes and children's activities, the YMCA will continue to add new content and resources over the coming days and weeks.
 
-30-
 
Media Contact
Kyla Kumar, Vice President
Marketing & Communications
289-921-1187
kyla.kumar@ymcahbb.ca