Renovations on two YMCA Bucks branches in Fairless Hills and Doylestown are set to begin next year. In the meantime, YMCA Bucks is offering free programs for people to stay healthy away from the gym.
YMCA Bucks CEO Zane Moore joined UpWords with Chris Ermer Tuesday to say the project will begin in early January.
These renovations were originally set to begin this past November, but virtual learning changed their priorities. Moore says they delayed construction to serve kids as part of the Student Success Program.
The program offers child care to children in virtual or hybrid learning. Moore said they watched “hundreds” of kids throughout Bucks so their parents could go to work.
Renovations should be done around the end of 2021 with a brand new facility in Fairless Hills. The new building will include a new fitness center, new locker rooms, more parking, and other amenities.
In the meantime, Moore says they will rent spaces during construction for children in the Student Success Program. While this covers some needs for the younger generation, the Y is also offering free programs for seniors.
“We realized a lot of seniors are afraid to come out,” said Moore. In response, the Y developed a program called Living Active Extended.
The program is completely free to seniors thanks to CARES Act funding allocated by the County Commissioners. Its goal is to “decrease social isolation while increasing health.”
“They can do it from the comfort of their own home,” said Moore. “We have a virtual platform that they can go online and engage with any of our trainers.”
The 12 week program includes the virtual aspect and live branch access if enrollees feel inclined and safe. Registration runs through December 31, 2020.
“We’ve taken every safety measure we possibly can to make people feel comfortable here,” added Moore.
Another new free program YMCA Bucks is offering is RISE. It’s available to anyone 13 and older. They don’t even have to be members of the YMCA.
RISE is a motivational wellness program. Through text and Facebook, it offers “uplifting, positive mental health support, health and wellness activities, and connections with other people.”
“We want all of Bucks County to stay completely active. We want people thinking about how they are going to emerge from this pandemic into 2021.”
More than 500 people joined on the first day. It runs six weeks from Nov 30, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021.