MOUNT VERNON — As the partial government shut down, which began Dec. 22, closes out its third week, The YMCA of Mount Vernon has announced that it will waive one month of gym member dues for federal employees affected by the shutdown.
Executive Director Nick Clark explained that the idea was suggested to Mount Vernon by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. The staff at the YMCA all felt it was a great idea, according to Clark, who noted that a similar deal was put into place when Siemens announced that it was closing.
In order to have dues waived, federal employees need simply to visit the front desk of the YMCA with their government ID. Questions can also be directed to Membership Director Missi Shellenbarger, Clark said.
Clark explained that, typically, when stressed about money, the first things that people cut out are wellness oriented, such as gym memberships.
“The reason we’re doing this is quite simple,” Clark said, “we’re all about helping meet community needs. Basic access to equipment offers the ability to be better and to lead a healthy life, and we believe it is just that — a basic need. [When you’re stressed about money], that’s actually one of the worst times to cut out stress reducers. We feel we have a unique opportunity to help.”
Clark noted that if the shut down continues beyond the month, he will be working closely with Shellenbarger to determine the best path forward.