Last Updated: March 24th, 2020. We will publish updates here as more information becomes available.
We are overwhelmed and deeply humbled by how you and the First Ascent community stepped up to support us and our staff.
Over 90% of First Ascent members stayed active in March. With your support, we were able to pay our staff through March 31st.
THANK YOU from all of us at First Ascent! You are a part of a truly powerful community. You made a real, tangible impact, and we are incredibly grateful.
Many of you have asked how you can continue to support First Ascent and our staff, and we’re reaching out to give you that opportunity. Will you keep your membership active to support First Ascent and our staff during the extended closure?
Given the current status of COVID-19 in Illinois, all First Ascent gyms will remain closed until at least April 7th. We will re-open as soon as it is legal, safe, and responsible for us to do so. The exact date we will open our doors again remains uncertain, but we will be sure to keep you updated along the way.
When the pandemic subsides, we want First Ascent to be ready for you to climb and connect, and for our staff to work. We are fighting to keep as many staff on payroll for as long as we can while at the same time paying significant expenses such as rent and loans. Since the closure has extended, we have decided to furlough most of our part-time staff and some full-time staff starting April 1st. This decision was heart wrenching, but we made it knowing that it ultimately serves our staff best because most will receive more income from unemployment insurance than we can offer them during the extended closure. The fight continues – we are still trying to keep as many staff on payroll as possible.
The First Ascent founders are foregoing 100% of our pay during the closure so we can pay more staff.
We need your help: if you are financially able, please click below to continue your membership to support First Ascent. The more members that stay on with us, the more staff we can keep on to create live-streamed classes and content, provide member communication, and pitch in to help us prepare for re-opening.
You can choose to:
- Continue your Monthly Membership and pay your April dues
- Upgrade to an Annual Membership with a special 10% off discount
- Purchase an FA Gift Card for any amount, or
- Purchase a Stronger Together t-shirt or tank ($25)
Here’s a sneak peek at the Stronger Together t-shirt design:
We would greatly appreciate anything you can contribute. As a “thank you!”, all members who maintain an active membership or upgrade to an Annual Membership during the closure get a free Stronger Together t-shirt or tank FREE, along with anyone who purchases a $50 gift card. We’re also planning a huge re-opening celebration that you’ll be invited to – more details coming soon.
Not a member? You can still help by purchasing a Gift Card for any amount or by purchasing the Stronger Together t-shirt!
We also understand that this is a time of financial uncertainty for many of you. We will freeze Monthly Memberships for free starting April 1st, and we will extend all Annual and One-month Memberships for the amount of time we are closed. Please complete the Membership Change form here so we know whether you’d like to freeze or cancel your membership.
Social distancing may have altered the way we commune, but it cannot and will not weaken this community.
We truly are stronger together, and we will get through this together. Thank you for your continued support!
Dan, Joe, Jon, and Dave | the First Ascent founders