Just because we aren’t in the same room doesn’t mean we can’t be here for each other, together.

At the Y, we remain committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving your health and well-being and giving back and providing support to our neighbors. That’s why we’ve partnered with our youth development and healthy living experts to provide you with virtual access to the best group fitness classes on the go and resources for kids to learn, grow and thrive even when school’s out.

All blue text below is hyperlinked! Check back regularly for updated resources, and share your tips, workouts, and motivational moments with us (@AnnArborYMCA) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Youth and Family Resources

The Y is offering online classes for all members of the family, free for active Y members ($15/class session for community members)! Classes run September 14-October 25, and registration is required.  Check out all the offerings here. You may register by clicking on the red button at the top of this page.

211.orgUnited Way of Southeast Michigan Resource Page. Includes  fun, healthy lunches for your children, parenting groups or utility assistance.

Ann Arbor Public School Resources:  Information includes list of food distribution days and sites, continuous learning packets, resources available for students dealing with depression, grief, loss and other mental health issues.

Ann Arbor District Library Includes downloadable books and ability to sign up for a library card if you need one!

Ypsilanti Community Schools Resources: Information includes a list of food distribution days and sites, downloadable enrichment packets, and information about childcare options for parents who are considered essential workers and can’t stay home.

Ann Arbor YMCA Child Care teachers are sharing their gifts online!  See them here:

Age-appropriate curriculum resources regarding child abuse prevention from Praesidium’s Building Boundaries program:

Colors with Mr. Mark and Mr. Daniel!
Movement Song with Ms. Suvani
Spring Song with Ms. Suvani
Ms. Suvani’s Craft, part I
Ms. Suvani’s Craft, part II
Ms. Suvani’s Craft, part III
Ms. Aubrey makes ice cream at home
Miss Sarah’s Song
Ms. Benedette’s Poem
Story Time with Ms. Kim
Make a Dinosaur Fossil with Ms. Aubrey

Health and Wellness

FREE VIRTUAL CLASSES FROM YOUR Y!  Fall1 Session runs September 14-October 25. Registration  will open Wednesday September 9 for active members and Friday September 11 for community members. All virtual and in-person classes are free for active members, $15/ virtual class session and $30/in-person class session for community members. Workshops are free for active Y members and $10/workshop for community members.We look forward to seeing you in class!

Registration for all classes is here.

Are you a swimmer? Here are some great dry land exercises to help you stay strong while you are out of the water!

In addition,enjoy these virtual on-demand classes from your YMCA and across the movement:

YMCA360.org
Les Mills Classes
Ann Arbor YMCA Youtube Channel

Sign up for a fun, free fitness challenge for all Y members! ytraak.org/stayhealthy

Community Resources:

 

FREE PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION:
Distribution this week will occur on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18. Those wishing to have up-to-date information regarding distribution times can check the Ann Arbor YMCA’s Facebook page (@AnnArborY). Unless otherwise marked as “closed” the locations are open to all.

Thursday, Sept. 17

  • Sycamore Meadows 1273 Stamford Court, Ypsilanti 48198: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (closed community site)
  • Forrest Knoll 693 Arbor Drive, Ypsilanti 48197: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Evergreen Apartments 3089 Woodland Hills Drive, Ann Arbor 48108: 1:30-2:15 p.m.
  • Future YMCA branch site 1500 South Huron Road, Ypsilanti 48197 (located across from the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department Office in Ypsilanti Township): 2:30-6 p.m., or until supplies last
  • Fresh Start Church 623 Oak Street, Ypsilanti 48198: 4 p.m. until supplies last

Friday, Sept. 18

  • Sky Mobile Detailing 409 Emerick Street, Ypsilanti 48198: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Parkridge Community Center 591 Armstrong Drive, Ypsilanti 48197: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • The Villas Apartments 2911 Bynan Drive, Ypsilanti 48197: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The Ann Arbor YMCA is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. As part of the CARES act, the USDA’s Farmers to Families program pays farmers for their produce instead of it being destroyed. Partnerships between non-profit organizations and distributors ensure the fresh produce reaches communities who most often lack access to healthy, non-processed foods.

The USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute agricultural products to those in need by partnering with national, regional and local suppliers whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses. The 25 lb boxes of produce will contain fruits and vegetables, many locally produced. Those wishing to have up-to-date information regarding distribution times can check the Ann Arbor YMCA’s Facebook page (AnnArborYMCA).

Learn how to safely unpack your groceries here
Find local businesses to support here (there is also a list found by scrolling to the bottom of this page).
Food Safety FAQs
Takeout FAQs
Grocery Store FAQs

Ann Arbor City COVID-19 Resources
Links to Community Food Distribution Resources

Media:
Washington Post free coverage

NY Times free coverage
Wall Street Journal free coverage
BBC Coronavirus coverage

The Economist – you have to log in for free coronavirus coverage
TED Connects – “we’ll speak to experts whose ideas can help us think and work through this moment with a sense of responsibility, compassion and wisdom”
Poynter – useful advice how to avoid coronavirus disinformation

Articles

Road to Resilience Podcast
Your Three Feet of Influence
Staying healthy in our pandemic – Vibhu Krishna

We Asked Experts How to Cope With Your Coronavirus Anxiety
OneMedical Tips on managing anxiety about Coronavirus

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19