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150 Years of Commitment, Renewed

As a supporter of the Warren County YMCA, you know that the Y is a nonprofit like no other. You see firsthand the impact we have on the children, adults and families who walk through our doors. For 150 years, we’ve been listening and responding to the needs of our communities—and we continue to address critical needs with more than 25,000 different folks coming through our door each year. What I am most proud of is that the Y is for everyone. Regardless of age, background or financial ability, the Y reaches out to and nurtures the potential of all people. We count on the generosity of our neighbors to help us continue this life-changing work. While we are grateful to those who have supported us in the past, we know we must engage more people in the Y’s cause in order to expand our work for generations to come. Over the past 10 years, we have laid the groundwork for this revitalization campaign that targets all of Warren County, by closely observing and then addressing the needs of the people of this area. We can inspire more people to take action through strengthening and renewing our YMCA. Through future programs, we can reach and enrich more children, adults and families. There is an incredible opportunity before us, and we are in a great position, as a Keystone, to take advantage of it. Now it’s up to us. I am excited, because I know that when we work together, as folks have for 150 years, we can accomplish amazing things.

Since the services of the YMCA includes every age, social economic condition, and background, it is a challenge to tell a succinct story. Should we tell of the programs for special needs folks, or of a program providing financial aid for membership to anyone struggling to get by and a free membership to every 7th Grader, or of the programs for seniors or for folks surviving cancer. Maybe we should highlight the YMCA’s family programs, what about the new YMCA initiative to teach every child in Warren County to swim? This is YOUR YMCA.

By The Numbers………….
  • 6,000 children, teens, adults and senior citizens participated in Warren County YMCA programs
  • 200,000 visits a year from more than 25,000 different patrons
  • 5,000 belong as members
  • 150 years of service to the community and special needs families
  • $3,000 alone for families with a mother or father serving in the military
  • More than $12,000 in service to agencies serving special populations.
  • The largest Child Care Program in Warren County
  • 23 years since the last Capital Campaign
  • Over $100,000 given in service to low income
Why now?

After a survey, close attention to a community needs survey and future financial health, we decided that strengthening what we have is our best way to serve. As we meet the needs of the people of Warren County, we rely on a clean well maintained facility. We have roof and siding repairs that are estimated at nearly $700,000. The interior of our building is worn by the thousands of people that benefit from the YMCA each week. To revitalize those areas, we need $150,000. The equipment that makes the life changing programs happen is past its depreciable life and will cost nearly $300,000 to replace. This will open up the YMCA to even more folks and help to make solid our ability to serve well into the future. We have also made a commitment to reach out to the smaller communities in Warren County. We want to make the benefits of the YMCA available to more folks with a $50,000 pledge to bring programs and equipment to the people of Youngsville and Sheffield.

We want to insure that this Keystone is strong, vital, and serving thousands into the next 150 years and we need you to make this happen.

FAQ

Why is renovation of the YMCA necessary? After close attention to a community needs survey and the future financial health of the Y, we decided that strengthening what we have is our best way to serve. The YMCA has been able to maintain the building and equipment but much of it is now past its depreciable life. Maintaining it has become difficult and costly. Since most of the repairs and replacements targeted in the Capital Campaign are beyond the resources we have to use, we need to raise the funds. It has been 23 years since we came to the community for this type of request.

What are the key highlights of the YMCA renovation project?
We have roof and siding repairs that are estimated at nearly $700,000! The interior of our building is worn by the thousands of people that benefit from the YMCA each week. To revitalize those areas, we need $150,000. The equipment that makes the life changing programs happen is past its depreciable life and will cost nearly $300,000 to replace. This will open up the YMCA to even more folks and help to make solid our ability to serve well into the future. We have also made a commitment to reach out to the smaller communities in Warren County. We want to make the benefits of the YMCA available to more folks with a $50,000 pledge to bring programs and equipment to the people of Youngsville and Sheffield.

What spaces and/or programs will be impacted by the renovation?
The YMCA will remain open for use throughout the revitalization process. Some programs may be shifted to new areas.

What is the timeline for this project?
Folks will see some immediate changes with the interior repairs and new equipment. The roof project will be started and carried out over several years as different sections of roof are replaced.

What kind of equipment is being purchased?
We will replace much of the cardio equipment and we will be adding Functional Training equipment.

What is the YMCA doing with the old equipment?
The current equipment will be assessed and based on the condition of the equipment, it will be used in other areas or traded/sold.

What is the total budget for construction of the YMCA renovation project?
$1.3 million

How is the project being funded?
We are funding our campaign with donations from members of the community, local foundations, and local businesses.

How will this project further the mission of the YMCA?
Over the past 10 years, we have laid the groundwork for this revitalization campaign, which targets all of Warren County, by closely observing and then addressing the needs of the people of this area. We can inspire more people to take action through strengthening and renewing our YMCA. Through future programs, we can reach and enrich more children, adults and families. A roof that doesn’t leak, equipment that does what it is designed to do, and a safe clean building are all essential to meeting the needs of the people of Warren County

How can I support the renovation project?
You can give at the YMCA front desk or give online at www.warrenymca.org.

Who should I contact if I have additional comments or questions?
Call or email the CEO of the Warren County YMCA, Thad Turner, at thad@warrenymca.org or (814)648-0890