YMCA bounces back better than ever after pandemic

The YMCA took a hard hit during the pandemic, seeing a 25 percent decline in membership. Fast forward to today, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Blossman Family branch is thriving back to pre-pandemic levels.

In the early days of COVID, the YMCA was shut down for more than two months. When they reopened, they were extremely limited in capacity and membership fell off.

According to Communications Coordinator Doug Walker, the YMCA lost well over 2,000 members out of more than 9,000 they had. Now, the YMCA is thriving and back to normal.

In fact, the Y just had the largest enrollment in new membership in its history. “The morale at the Y is sky high. Once again, we are back serving the community. We are back giving free blood pressure monitoring programs. We are back giving free Parkinson programs. We are back were we used to be and it’s a great feeling.”

The YMCA has a lot of events coming up including one of their largest fundraisers, the Humanitarian Charity Banquet, which will take place November 17th at Beau Rivage.

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