Member and community support has made a large difference for our association as we navigate through the tough economic environment that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members and staff are important in our efforts to continue to strengthen our community and positively impact lives in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and surrounding areas.
The YMCA at Mercy Health Plaza located on Council Street assumed operations back in 2013 as the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan YMCA Association continued to expand. This location has served nearly 1,400 members each year through a partnership with Mercy. We are saddened to announce that effective immediately, the YMCA Board of Directors and leadership has decided to shift organizational resources and cease operations at our Mercy Health Plaza location.
It is with great struggle that we have come to this decision in coordination with Mercy’s leadership. It is imperative that the YMCA is able to restructure its operations and allocate resources to best serve the needs of our growing community. The impact of COVID-19 on our organization has only compounded the importance of refocusing our resources to ensure the viability of our mission.
We thank each and every member who has continued to support the YMCA with their membership dues throughout our closure. However, the loss of nearly all program income for the YMCA since March has been devastating to our organization. Cancelled Camp Wapsie summer programming alone has resulted in a loss of over $1,000,000 to our association’s revenue for the year. These substantial losses cannot be withstood without organizational restructure.
We greatly value the relationships we have developed with all of the members and staff teams at Mercy Health Plaza over the last seven years. It is our hope that members will continue their journey at the YMCA at one of our other four locations throughout the metro area.