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Construction continues at site of Eastern Missouri Family YMCA

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Over the past few weeks, there has been a brief pause in the construction of the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA, while final layout of the steel building was verified against the foundation design. But construction is now in full force and Grove Construction is progressing on the building foundation.
The soil at the project site, and in many other locations around Vandalia, is expansive clay, which is the main reason the original library experienced foundation issues. To minimize the effects of the soil on the new YMCA facility, site preparation included over excavating the building area and replacing the soil with a low volume, aggregate material.
This aggregate material will provide a solid foundation for the YMCA facility.
After installing footings for the foundation structure, Grove Construction will begin preparing to install the concrete slab for the YMCA floor. Grove’s goal is to have the concrete work complete by mid-December.
The mission of area YMCA facilities is “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.” The YMCA is meant to be more than a new building for the area. The Eastern Missouri Family YMCA will support a belief system that children need to be nurtured through play, good nutrition, and positive role models. It will be a place for seniors to age gracefully through wellness programs and a friendly social environment. The YMCA is meant to strengthen and unite the many communities surrounding Vandalia.
The numerous volunteers who have worked on the YMCA Project, plus those who have donated, share the vision of what the area can achieve and realize the benefits the area will receive. The YMCA will offer health and wellness opportunities, create jobs, and provide economic development for the area.
The area should be extremely proud of the efforts to bring this project to the construction phase. However, additional funds are needed to equip the facility with exercise equipment, sports equipment, and office furniture. In addition, an operating balance is required to cover employee salaries and building utilities, such as electric, water, sewer, etc. Membership fees will generate funds for the operating budget, but an initial balance is required to start and sustain operations.
The area communities need new attractions to increase the number of residents and promote economic development. Seniors need a place to be active or socialize, which could provide a healthier life and the ability to live in their own homes longer.
Having a new YMCA facility can generate new income opportunities for local businesses, draw new businesses to town, or just keep young teachers interested in living in our area.
In today’s society, health is everything and the cost of not being healthy is affecting communities and society in general. Many people do not get exercise at their job and need a place to exercise and be healthy. Daily exercise is important and the YMCA can provide enormous benefits to the area. It’s not too late to contribute to this campaign. Every dollar stays in our community and is a testimony to the values, hopes, and dreams we have for each other. If you feel blessed through harvest yields or daily wage earnings, consider contributing to the betterment of the area. All donations are tax deductible and donation amounts are kept confidential.
Donations can be made online thru the Mexico Area Family YMCA website,, or by completing a pledge form. Pledge forms are available at the YMCA display at County Market or on the project Facebook site. Search “YMCA Project Vandalia” to find the Facebook page.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our gratitude to the many donors who have believed in the vision and the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA project.
Your donation is an investment in our community and our families who live here.