Vandalia natives and Van-Far graduates Melissa (Klug) Murphy, in conjunction with Matt Shaw, have used their talents and connections to supply finishing touches to the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA located in Vandalia.
Melissa and her husband Blair are the co-owners of Johnston Paint and Decorating, in Columbia. Over the summer, Melissa was approached to provide her expertise regarding the selection of flooring for the YMCA. During the discussion, Melissa became excited about the project and wanted to find a way to give back to her hometown. Following the meeting, Melissa contacted Matt Shaw, Territory Manager for E.J. Welch Company. Matt and Melissa worked together to find flooring manufacturers that would provide appropriate, quality flooring for the needs of the YMCA.
After contemplation, Melissa decided to make a very generous donation to the YMCA by supplying all the paint for the facility, the flooring for numerous rooms, and tile for the bathrooms. Matt also assisted by supplying the adhesives for the various flooring materials. Melissa has also supplied her interior design expertise to select bold, energetic colors and finishes to make the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA a unique and lasting legacy for the community.
“I have been blessed with many gifts in my lifetime, Melissa said. The gifts of generosity and of community responsibility are a direct function of my upbringing in Vandalia. I am often teased in Columbia with being the first one to bring a casserole when someone has fallen ill. I just smile inside knowing that I was raised in a family and community where people take care of people. For me, this has been a great opportunity to return a touch of that gratitude into a project that will benefit the Vandalia area for decades to come. Whatever your talent; be it time, money, or other, I encourage you to contribute. And better yet, phone up a few friends or former classmates who no longer live in the area and encourage them to do the same!”
Melissa’s donation allows funds that would have previously been spent on flooring and paint to shift to other needed areas. In recognition of Melissa’s donation, she has decided to name the Y Café in honor of her parents, David and Linda Klug.
Excitement is building as the YMCA gets closer and closer to completion, but assistance is needed to fund upgrades to the original project. Fundraising is continuing for Phase Two of the project, which will provide gym and walking track flooring, plus secure an endowment for future growth. Please consider your personal capabilities and talents and make an investment in the community by making a donation to the YMCA.