Dear Y Members,

We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenges of this evolving Coronavirus crisis. But we want you to know we’re here to help if you have a need.

The Y has a long history of pivoting its work in turbulent times to offer solutions and safeguard our most vulnerable. At this time, we are engaged in extending the following services:

  • • We are taking extra safety measures and continuing to provide childcare for parents who need to work.
  • • We are providing childcare for essential hospital employees. With schools closed, we need everyone available to serve those affected by this virus.
  • • We continue to provide housing to the vulnerable, low-income adults in Torrington & Winsted and to adults & families living at our Winchester Emergency Shelter. We are watching over them,
  •    providing them with essentials including toilet paper and cleaning supplies, monitoring their health, and helping them to find what they need in a time of shortages.
  • • An Emergency Assistance Fund is now available for Torrington & Winsted residents who are struggling at this time. The Winchester Youth Service Bureau is active in purchasing and delivering
  •    food to Torrington & Winsted families in need.
  • • We are making digital fitness class programming available online for your use. New exercises are offered each day and new workouts presented each week with your favorite Y instructors.
  • • And we are in contact with kids who are stressed out and need someone to talk to.
  • • We are working to deep clean, paint and make improvements to each of our Y locations so that when you return, you return to refreshed facilities ready to serve you.

We need your help. We face a new challenge, and we ask that you join us in our work. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fees so that we can use this revenue to do good during the time of uncertainty.

Please stay with us. We’re asking you to support us in service of our children and of our neighbors who are struggling. We, as a community, will get through this. And when we do, we want to be in the best shape to support you and your family. When this crisis is over, we’ll send you a donation letter that you can use for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees during the closure.

Bob Bird, one of our Canaan YMCA members, wrote a wonderful letter to Canaan Y members in March, asking members to do this (see here). Please join Bob and others and stay with us to help the Y to serve those in need and weather this invisible storm.

If you desire, we will put your membership on hold, but if you can find it in your heart to join us in service to others, we invite you to join us. Make your membership choice here.

If you’d like to make a donation, please make it here.

Thank you & God Bless.


Greg Brisco


Northwestern Connecticut YMCA

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