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YMCA has big money crunch

Hensel Eckman YMCA is looking for community support in order to be able to continue offering its full operations in the coming year.
According to Executive Director Suzanne Wantland, the Y needs to raise $30,000 in the final quarter of 2009 in order continue full operations. The Y is local non-profit organization that has been a community fixture since 1947.
“Our goal is to raise at least half of the funds from current members, but we need the support of the community as well,” Wantland said.
“Hensel Eckman YMCA is the only recreational facility in the county that is open to the public seven days a week and the loss of this community resource would impact over 1,900 people who visit the Y for a variety of needs,” she continued. Some of the needs she noted include basic fitness, cardiac rehab, weight loss, muscle strength and range of motion (MSROM) classes, power lifting, social/support networks, pre-school sports, and child care services.
The YMCA Board of Directors and Wantland have worked diligently for the past two years on streamlining the operation, improving the facility, increasing program offerings, and improving community outreach.
As a result, membership and wellness program participation have steadily increased, and the YMCA has become home to the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group.
“Unfortunately, membership and program dues, even with excellent financial management, are not enough to sustain the organization, especially in light of significantly increased utility bills and revenue losses that have outpaced recent financial gains,” Board Chair Susan Rigney said.
Rigney goes on to explain that in past years the child care center revenue helped cover facility costs, as did the partnership with Pulaski Community Hospital. With declining revenue from child care due to local unemployment and increase competition, and the hospital’s decision to modify its partnership with the Y – resulting in a $5,000 per month loss for the Y – covering expenses has become extremely challenging.
Board member Dan Grubb, credits Wantland for efforts to sustain the organization through grants and creative collaborations and notes that the board has been exploring new partnership opportunities to address community needs as well as provide revenue to maintain the organization. However, he adds, the current short-term need has to be addressed for the Y to continue moving forward.
Past Chair Jon Fitzwater emphasizes that “real and significant progress on re-establishing the YMCA as a strong community partner” has occurred. He added that he hopes to see the community voice its desire to see the Y in this community for years to come by contributing generously to the fund drive.
Anyone interested in donating to the YMCA may do so in several ways: visit the Y’s website, www.heymca.org to print a mailable donation form; visit the YMCA at 618 Oakhurst Ave in the Town of Pulaski and make a contribution; or give the Y a call (540-980-3671) to make your pledge and the Y will mail appropriate forms

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YMCA has big money crunch

Hensel Eckman YMCA is looking for community support in order to be able to continue offering its full operations in the coming year.
According to Executive Director Suzanne Wantland, the Y needs to raise $30,000 in the final quarter of 2009 in order continue full operations. The Y is local non-profit organization that has been a community fixture since 1947.
“Our goal is to raise at least half of the funds from current members, but we need the support of the community as well,” Wantland said.
“Hensel Eckman YMCA is the only recreational facility in the county that is open to the public seven days a week and the loss of this community resource would impact over 1,900 people who visit the Y for a variety of needs,” she continued. Some of the needs she noted include basic fitness, cardiac rehab, weight loss, muscle strength and range of motion (MSROM) classes, power lifting, social/support networks, pre-school sports, and child care services.
The YMCA Board of Directors and Wantland have worked diligently for the past two years on streamlining the operation, improving the facility, increasing program offerings, and improving community outreach.
As a result, membership and wellness program participation have steadily increased, and the YMCA has become home to the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group.
“Unfortunately, membership and program dues, even with excellent financial management, are not enough to sustain the organization, especially in light of significantly increased utility bills and revenue losses that have outpaced recent financial gains,” Board Chair Susan Rigney said.
Rigney goes on to explain that in past years the child care center revenue helped cover facility costs, as did the partnership with Pulaski Community Hospital. With declining revenue from child care due to local unemployment and increase competition, and the hospital’s decision to modify its partnership with the Y – resulting in a $5,000 per month loss for the Y – covering expenses has become extremely challenging.
Board member Dan Grubb, credits Wantland for efforts to sustain the organization through grants and creative collaborations and notes that the board has been exploring new partnership opportunities to address community needs as well as provide revenue to maintain the organization. However, he adds, the current short-term need has to be addressed for the Y to continue moving forward.
Past Chair Jon Fitzwater emphasizes that “real and significant progress on re-establishing the YMCA as a strong community partner” has occurred. He added that he hopes to see the community voice its desire to see the Y in this community for years to come by contributing generously to the fund drive.
Anyone interested in donating to the YMCA may do so in several ways: visit the Y’s website, www.heymca.org to print a mailable donation form; visit the YMCA at 618 Oakhurst Ave in the Town of Pulaski and make a contribution; or give the Y a call (540-980-3671) to make your pledge and the Y will mail appropriate forms

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