April 15, 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 classes 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 YMCAs’ 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 Commerford, 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.
 
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