Yesterday we closed our doors at the Coal Creek YMCA, directed by our WA state governor, as a health and fitness club. Today a crew signed health forms at the door and got busy cleaning every single surface in the building with disinfectant. It felt like a cleaning bootcamp fitness class as we emptied racks of weights: I walked 5 miles back and forth and moved hundreds of pounds of barbell plates today.
One of the last items on our lengthy checklist was to pick up trash in the parking lot. I thought I was going home; with no else volunteering I found my hand in the air. What a humble experience to pick up everything from cigarette butts, bottles, cans, smashed LEGO’s, wrappers and gum. (Seriously people use the garbage cans! ) I worked through the lot with our Senior Healthy Living Director who’s amazing work ethic and can-do attitude sets an example for us all.
I am proud to be associated with an organization that cares so much for our community. Tomorrow we open our doors, following state government directives, as a critical response center. We will be providing childcare for first responders and critical workers all across the King County at our YMCA branches. If you are a Y member and can, please continue to pay your dues as we are doing everything to put your $’s to good use.