YMCA continues fundraising drive

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The YMCA of Washington County has so far raised $2,976,000 in its fundraising drive for its new building project and will continue raising money in the community.

Interim CEO Amy Schulte said in an email that the Y will begin a marketing campaign in November that will include door hangers to each of the households in Washington, followed by a direct mailing to everyone in Washington as well. The email also included a notice of a pledge of $25,000 from Farm and Home Mutual Insurance Association to support the project.

?We are very excited about the support from our local businesses and we will be having a few more check presentations from other local businesses coming up in the next few weeks as well,? Schulte said in the email.

The current fundraising goal is $5 million. The remaining funds in the $9 million building project are anticipated to be raised through grant opportunities.Schulte could not be reached for comment this morning.

In May, the YMCA of Washington County board unveiled a new design for a building to replace the existing 92-year-old building located in the 100 block of East Main Street. A feasibility study on the facility found program spaces were too small for the growing membership and that there were several structural problems with the building. According to the survey, the building itself is structurally sound, but not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. The Y Board determined it would be more cost-effective to build a new building than to try to renovate the existing building.

With plans to break ground on the building in the summer of 2018, the Y Board has started a fundraising campaign called ?Y - For a Better Us,? to pay for the construction. The phased building plan is to complete a Phase 1 building with a $3 million Phase 2 addition as soon as fundraising efforts make it possible. The building?s design can also be expanded to include a third phase as well as other future expansions as needed. The plan is downsized from a previous $10.4 million plan.

Phase 1 of the project includes a full-size high school gymnasium that includes a spectator area, wellness center, two exercise rooms, youth room, and senior gaming area. The entrance will be on West Sixth Street and North D Avenue. The entrance was designed this way due to concerns about children having to cross the busy West Third to get to the facility.

A six-lane swimming pool is planned for Phase 2 of the project. While the Y board and staff understands the need for a pool, Schulte said in a previous interview, the result of input from the community was for the pool to be in the second phase of the project.

More information on the project can be found online at