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YMCA at 77% of funding

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

Y_CommitteeThe 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 that 77% of the funds have been raised for the project. The current project balance of $1.54 million will construct the building. 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, like electric, water, sewer, etc.  Membership fees will generate funds for the operating budget, but an initial balance is required to start and sustain operations. With an approaching construction deadline associated with the $500,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program Grant, the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA needs your help to make this project a success. The YMCA IS going to become a reality and it will be built in 2017! Bids for constructing the facility will be gathered during the winter months and construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2017. Collecting an additional $460,000 will secure the operations budget, plus provide a wooden gym floor, cushioned flooring for the walking track, kitchen equipment to serve meals to those in need, and a variety of exercise equipment.
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 testament to the values, hopes, and dreams we have for each other. If you feel blessed through harvest yields or daily wage earnings, please consider contributing to the betterment of the area.
Please contact any of the following volunteers to make a donation or pledge to the YMCA project. All donations are tax deductible and donation amounts are kept confidential. Contact Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell 573-473-9362; Terri Jungers 573-406-2982; Dana Keller 573-473-4812; Donna Wilson 573-473-4099; Stacia Wilson 573-473-8697; Cami Blackman 573-470-6161; Debbie Hopke 573-473-8503; or Kim Trainor 573-231-2749 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. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Visit the project website, to access a pledge form or email Please help up reach our goal.