The CLC YMCA has announced that the vision of a newly updated Y is six months and $1.5 million away from reality. It’s no secret that capital fundraising has been underway to build a sustainable new facility to support its growing, 10-town, 25-mile service area. The Y has reached a pivotal mark and is now asking the entire community to take part.
According to CLC Y CEO Meagan Hamblett, “The fundraising team is just coming out of the silent phase and entering into the community phase with a theme of ‘Imagine the Future.’ We are so close to meeting the construction budget and at this time we want to pause to celebrate our generous donors and the work of many individuals, families, and businesses that have helped us reach this significant milestone of $4.5 million toward our Phase One goal of $6 million. Over the next two months, we are asking every member of the community to help us deliver this long-awaited project by giving a gift of any size.”
Just a few days ago, large thermometers began appearing throughout the community at locations in Newcastle on Main Street, at Farrin Properties at the intersection of Route 1 and Main Street, at First National Bank, and at the YMCA. The thermometers show that the Y is just $1.5 million shy of reaching its goal to move forward with Phase One of its master facility design in the spring of 2017 under the leadership of J.F. Scott Construction.
A capital campaign mailer has been sent to residences throughout the Y’s 10-town service area. Community members are asked to review the material and consider making a one-time donation or a five-year pledge to ensure this longtime dream becomes a reality for all who live in the communities the CLC Y serves.
The new look and updated features will modernize the facility where the Y can continue its mission to be a resource, a safe space, and a gathering place for all.
Phase One of the facility design includes a new fitness center, a teaching kitchen and communal space, an elevator, an elevated track, an open lobby for social opportunities and a new welcome center, an intergenerational room, a circulation spine from the front of the building to the new suite of locker rooms, and an additional studio for fitness classes. Phase Two completes the project with the addition of an aquatic center and family locker room.
“We are the area’s largest provider of healthy living, youth development, and wellness programs in collaboration with the other significant pillars of the community in education, health, and the arts. We welcome all residents of Lincoln County regardless of ability to pay,” said Dennis Anderson, board chair, CLC Y. “We are long overdue to build an updated Y worthy of this great community, and while we appreciate the patience of so many who have already given over the years, it is essential that we end up with a fiscally responsible, sustainable facility that reflects the current and future needs of the organization and the entire community.”
To learn more about the Y’s capital campaign and how to make a donation, visit clcymca.org and click on the “donate to capital campaign” button on the home page, drop off a donation at the Y, or mail in the pledge card that will be arriving shortly at area homes.