Defiance Area YMCA

Strengthening the foundation of our community.

Membership and Facility Closure

Dear Members,
A few weeks ago, our Y was bustling with activities: from our active older members enjoying group exercise classes and pickle ball, to children spread throughout our building for gymnastics, childcare and swim lessons. We had adults exercising and spending time with their families in the pool area and on our basketball courts. Today, we are closed as we face unprecedented and never seen before time for our community, state and nation.

Historically, the Y has always adapted to the needs of our communities in times of change and crisis. We want to do that in our community now.

  1. Our child care is currently open and serving as a pandemic child care center for parents who are still working.
  2. We are specifically focusing on our seniors. Staff spent time this morning calling and checking on them, working to provide emotional support, as well as any assistance they require while being isolated.
  3. Our staff is working to develop at-home exercise tips to help you maintain the same practice and regimes that you are accustomed to.
  4.  We will be sharing daily devotionals to allow us time for comfort and peace during these unsure times.
  5. And most importantly, we are working to adapt and be ready for the needs of our community that we aren’t aware of yet.

We wish all of you could be here with, exercising, socializing or just being part of our Y family. Many of you have reached out and asked “how can I help?”

First – we ask that you pray. Pray for each other, our community, nation and world. Pray for our elected officials, first responders and medical staff. Pray for our businesses that have been forced to close or have been severely impacted through this crisis. Pray for the health and well-being of your families and neighbors. Pray for the children. Know that we are praying for all of you as well.

What role can you play as a member? We are asking that you stay with us now, not as a fitness member, but as a cause-driven member. As we adapt and respond to individual needs in our community, we ask that you retain your membership and stay with us. Your support of our mission is needed now more than ever before. We will work with you. But if you can, we ask that you stand with us as part of the vital movement we call the YMCA.

We look forward to the time that we all can be back together, enjoying the strong friendships that have developed over our years together.


Rich Seward
Executive Director


The closure of Ohio’s school districts has caused significant impact on the families of critical employees throughout our community. While others are able to self-isolate, these employees are working long shifts, isolated from family, in order to provide critical care to the community. Starting Thursday March 26th, child care will only be provided for parents providing health, safety and other essential services.

Pre-school Age (ages 3-5 must be potty trained)
School Age (6-12 year olds)

6:00am – 6:30pm (hours may vary based on need)

Space is limited and registration will be first come, first serve. Proof of employment must be
provided upon registration. To register please email [email protected]

In order to ensure we are aligning with containment efforts, we will:

  • Check each child’s temperature upon arrival
  • Limit access to our building by doing drop off and pick up at the door
  • Not admitting any child with an elevated temperature

Welcome to the Defiance Area YMCA

The Defiance Area YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do. With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

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