A statement from Kyle Cronk, President & CEO.
On Jan. 11, 2021, the FBI warned that groups are planning armed protests at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. According to the Associated Press, an internal FBI bulletin warned that nationwide protests may begin around Saturday, Jan. 16, and last through the inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Officials also anticipate unrest in the days following the inauguration.
As the nation prepares for increased violence in the coming days it can play a significant role in our mental health. Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. Our facilities are open, safe and secure. We are currently planning to operate all regularly scheduled programs and facilities.
If we are notified by local authorities that operations are unsafe we will close, according to their recommendations, and notify members and participants via email and social media. In the case of program closures, parents will be contacted to pick up children in childcare programs.
Times like these test our nation’s progress and values and force us to as a society to look in the mirror. At the Y, we stand by our long-held core values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Caring. These values compel us to actively promote and advocate for a more just and civil society – a world where everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political beliefs, can live alongside and respect each other without fear.
It is also important to acknowledge the fear many are currently feeling. If you are scared for your safety and that of your friends and family, we see you. We are here for you. Everyone deserves to live their lives – safe and secure. In the coming days, know the Y is a safe place for you. You are welcome here.
This continues to be a difficult time for many in our Y family. I urge you to be there for one another. Take care of yourself and those around you. Together we are stronger, and this gives me hope.
Kyle Cronk, President & CEO
South Sound YMCA