The Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project took another step towards making a vision become a reality last week when it unveiled its new website.
Those wishing to learn more about the project or to donate financially to the cause can do so by visiting www.ymcalibrary.org.
“We are very glad to inform you that the YMCA/Library has a web page,” said Steering Committee Chairperson Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell.
“It has taken a lot of work and dedication of many people to get this web page up and running. From this page you can find out what events are going on, make a donation, and keep up with all the news about how this project is coming along. The people on the different steering committees have put in countless hours to make sure this YMCA/Library project will happen.”
The Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA website’s features include:
• History of the Vandalia Recreation Corporation
• Events Calendar
• Photo Gallery
• Committee pages with biographies for library staff, Vandalia Recreation Corporation officers, Steering Committe, YMCA Board Members, Communications Task Force, Recognition Task Force, Building Task Force, and the Operation Task Force.
Those visiting the website can also make secure credit/debit card and PayPal donations using the “Network For Good” donate system.
The donation page gives the Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project website visitor options for donations, which include:
• $25 to help the library fund new books
• $50 to provide youth programs for kids through the library and YMCA
• $75 to help pay for the walking track
• $100 to provide new computers for the library
• $250 to help pay for shared meeting rooms
• $500 to help pay for a wellness area for all ages
• Other option for an amount chosen by the visitor
Those donating can also select frequencies of one time, monthly, quarterly, and annually.
An option to donate a 3% transaction fee pays for the processing of the nonprofit partner, “Network for Good.”
Goodpasture-Culwell noted that with the price tag needed for local donations hitting the $2 million dollar range, the website will help reach those living outside the area with information on how they can help this project become a reality.
A metering system may be added to the site in the future as more donations come in to provide funding updates.
More fundraising activities will likely be planned in upcoming months.
The project recently received a big boost with its selection for the NAP grant.
This grant allows for businesses to donate cash, materials, supplies/equipment, services, assistance, labor, stocks, and bonds for credits equaling up to 70 percent for the project.
The assistance of the grant will generate $500,000 for the Vandalia Recreation Corporation to construct a building featuring the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA and the Vandalia Branch Library.
There is also important contact information to help those visiting the website to reach someone associated with the project.
The information can be viewed under the “Contact Us” link.
“If someone has a question, they can go to the site and find someone to contact,” Goodpasture-Culwell added.
The website is designed and maintained by Brian Ingram, of Mouse & Key Technologies.
“We are all so proud of the progress it has made and are looking forward to what comes,” Goodpasture-Culwell said about the library/YMCA website.