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COVID-19 Update - April 2, 2020

Dear Valued Member, 

We are living in unprecedented times.  The scale of this crisis has been profound, but here at the Y, our work does not stop.  Even with our facility temporarily closed, the YMCA of Dodge County’s mission continues and is growing to meet critical needs in our community.  We are still caring for the children of our local essential personnel so that they can help heal our sick, feed our families, and keep us all safe.  We are diligently planning for the rest of the year, so that once life returns to normal, the activities and events our families desperately need will be available.  But we cannot continue this work alone. We need your help! 

Please consider maintaining your membership, not as a consumer, but as a cause-driven leader.  As a Sustaining Member, your membership will be a charitable donation so that here at the Y we can continue to serve the community for years to come.  Membership dues are our primary source of revenue and with your help, we will be able to continue to support our local families. 

No action is required to be a Sustaining Member. You will continue paying your monthly membership dues as normal and we will use your dollars to help our community and families. 

We recognize this is not an option for everyone, which is why we are also offering you the option to pay just 50% of your dues to help us continue serving the families of Dodge County. 

If you are unable to maintain your membership, we can put your membership on hold with no charge to you.  Once we reopen, we can reactivate your membership so you can continue to enjoy our facility and programs. 

If you would like to pay 50% of your dues or hold your membership, please contact our Member Engagement Director, Ellie Moore emoore@theydc.org or 920-887-8811 x110 by April 10, 2020. 

Even with this crisis, our work has not stopped.  We are offering as many virtual fitness classes as possible, calling to check in on our seniors, and providing family fun activities through our website and social media channels. Please continue to check our website, Facebook page, Instagram account, and YouTube channels for updates! We miss you all tremendously and can’t wait for us all to be together again. 

Take care and stay healthy! 

Dirk Langfoss

CEO, YMCA of Dodge County

COVID-19 Update - March 24, 2020

Dear YMCA Members and Staff,

We are living in unprecedented times. What we are seeing during the COVID-19 pandemic is hard to fathom and has all of reeling in figuring out what to do next.

Here at the Y we recognize now, more than ever, our community needs our help. While our fitness facility is closed, our childcare center is still open. We know that working families in Dodge County need assistance in caring for their children so they can bring home a paycheck. We are working with first responders, healthcare officials, and essential personnel in need of care for their children. We are reaching out to our senior population, so they don’t slip into social isolation. We are utilizing the knowledge of our wonderful fitness staff to help provide you with some virtual fitness options. We are prepared to step up and meet this challenge, but we can’t do it alone, we need your help.

We are asking you to stand with us, not as just a consumer, but as a cause-driven leader. We are asking you to consider maintaining your membership so that together we can help take care of our community members when they need it most. We understand this isn’t an option for everyone, but if you can, please consider investing in your Y membership. Your commitment will help us continue to offer the programs that make a huge impact on families right here in Dodge County. When we come to the other side of this incredible crisis, we will still be there for you stronger than ever.

We miss you all tremendously and wish we could all be together continuing our mission for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our facility may be closed, but our passion for our work will not end.

Stay healthy, hug your family and remember to check in on your neighbors. We are all in this together.

Dirk Langfoss

CEO, YMCA of Dodge County

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COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2020

Dear YMCA Members and Staff,

With the growing concern over the COVID-19 virus, the YMCA of Dodge County has made the decision to close starting Wednesday, March 18th in order to keep our community safe and healthy. Based on government guidance, our tentative reopen date is scheduled for April 6th.

Based on the recommendation of Governor Evers and the Department of Children and Family Services, we will continue offering child care services to working families and emergency and medical personnel during this critical time. We will be working closely with our healthcare partners in order to serve their employees in the best way we can.

We understand there will be some interruption in access to your membership, however your continued support is greatly appreciated. Here at the Y we are committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and ask you to join us in this effort, by continuing to invest in your membership so that we can maintain our life-changing programs in the future.

Starting tomorrow, we are offering virtual fitness options for our members. Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for updates!

We will continue to monitor this situation daily and provide updates via our website, Facebook page and Y app. For additional support, contact the Y Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 920-887-8811.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Dirk Langfoss

CEO, YMCA of Dodge County

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COVID-19 Update - March 16, 2020

Dear YMCA Members and Staff,

Thank you for being a valued YMCA of Dodge County member. You are why we do what we do every day, so I wanted to personally reach out to you regarding the current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, please be assured we are monitoring the situation very closely. The health and safety of our members, participants, and staff continues to be our top priority.

This communication is intended to provide information related to how the YMCA of Dodge County plans to proceed in the coming weeks with the most recent information released regarding COVID-19. As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation so our plans can and will change as well. Please continue to follow our website and social media outlets for the most up-to-date information possible.

We have learned that one of the main ways to stay protected is to practice “social distancing”. This is the concept of creating physical distance between people and reducing congestion in dense settings. Since the YMCA is a very social environment, often with congestion and dense settings, effective immediately, we are modifying our YMCA operations to keep our YMCA members, participants, staff, and the greater community healthy and safe.

The YMCA Board of Directors agreed on the following:

  • Our YMCA facility will remain open unless the following triggers occur:
    • A confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified from someone who was in our YMCA facility within the last 14 days.
    • We are mandated to close by a government or health agency.
  • Based on staffing availability, some areas may have to close due to staff shortages. Visit our website www.theydc.org or call the YMCA for the most accurate facility schedules…920-887-8811.
  • We have suspended all classes that include our most vulnerable populations including Special Olympics, Silver Sneakers, and water aerobics classes.
  • Our Sauna will be closed until further notice.
  • We have implemented an every-other-piece of cardio equipment usage in our wellness center to maintain a recommended 6 feet of distance between exercisers.
  • Day Passes/Guest Passes will not be sold or allowed until further notice. Current members will only be allowed access to the YMCA due to volume concerns.
  • Nationwide memberships will not be allowed into the facility until further notice due to volume concerns.
  • We will be suspending the admittance of youth members ages 8-18 years into the YMCA facility during normal school hours (8AM-3PM Monday – Friday) unless students are with a parent in the facility as part of a family membership.



  • Swim Lessons classes have been cancelled.
  • Tot-Time has been cancelled.
  • Swim Team practices have been cancelled.
  • Water Exercise classes have been cancelled.
  • Lifeguard Course has been postponed, date TBD.


  • Child Care Center will remain open
  • Preschool 3K & 4K classes will not be held March 16th – April 3rd in accordance with state mandates and BDUSD guidelines.
  • Before & After School Child Care suspended and is scheduled to resume on April 6th.
  • Schools Day Out will be held March 16th through April 3rd. Limited space is available.

CHILD WATCH will be closed.

ZIEMAN KIDS ZONE will be closed.


  • Homeschool Gym will be cancelled until further notice.
  • Youth Programs will be cancelled until further notice.
  • Adult Men’s Basketball League cancelled until further notice.
  • DC Basketball season ended early based on COVID-19 developments.


  • Easter Eggstravaganza has been postponed.
  • Back to Prom - TBD.


  • Group Exercise Classes will be held as regularly scheduled. Queenax classes will be cancelled. We are actively pursuing virtual options for our members. Please note, class schedules are subject to change based upon instructor availability. Participants are expected to maintain 6 feet of distance from other participants.
  • Health & Wellness Center: We have implemented an every-other-piece of cardio equipment usage in our wellness center to maintain a recommended 6 feet of distance between exercisers.

In addition, here are some reminders, precautions and actions that we have already initiated:

  • YMCA staff that are ill are not to come to work or will be sent home and asked to stay out of work until they are symptom free.
  • We are asking YMCA members who may be ill to stay home and return to the Y when they are symptom free.
  • As has been the YMCA’s policy, children in our Child Development Center are required to stay out of school care a minimum of 24 hours after being deemed symptom free.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility, while supplies are available.
  • We are asking all members to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER workouts, with the antibacterial wipes that we provide.
  • Our staff will be ramping up the cleaning of all touch points including doors/handles, light switches, countertops, tabletops, equipment, handles, weights, etc. Childcare staff have added additional cleaning procedures to their daily routines as well.
  • Hygiene reminder posters have been displayed in high traffic locations and all restrooms.
  •  Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Frequent hand washing is encouraged and practiced throughout our programs by staff and children.

While no one can predict with certainty whether the United States will be severely impacted by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily programs and routines could be temporarily impacted if the situation significantly worsens. I assure you, every decision we make will be for the best interests of everyone and we will do our best to keep you updated with information and changes as they develop.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and positive support as we all work through this situation together.

Dirk Langfoss

CEO, YMCA of Dodge County