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YMCA Project continues to make progress in Vandalia

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

The “rectilinear” design chosen for the shared YMCA and public library building.

The “rectilinear” design chosen for the shared YMCA and public library building.

Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project Steering Committee Chairperson Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell reports that more than $250,000 has been sold in regards to the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant.
“We are hoping to have all of those sold by the end of December,” Goodpasture-Culwell said.
She said those interested could talk to their accountants to get 100% on their return. There are also options with the federal reductions.
Goodpasture-Culwell said farmers can also donate grain that is valued by the grain elevator or business exchange/market on the date of transfer.
According to Zatuilla Nara of the Missouri Department of Economic Development Business & Community Finance Team, the nonprofit organization would have to sell the grain on the same day as the transfer.
“Even if not interested in a tax credit, it will still take as a donation or a pledge,” Goodpasture-Culwell said.
Currently, the project is working on receiving or has already received grants and challenge grants from AP Green, Harbison-Walker, Rual Morris, Mabee, Monsanto, and others.
The Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA, which is now a charter, is still collecting pledges through one time donations, monthly or yearly installments.
To break down the pledges, if the project is a $3.1 million project and it gains $1.4 million in grants, the remaining $1.7 million would need to come from pledges.
Goodpasture-Culwell also said there are opportunities to donate in honor of or in memory of a loved one as there will be places in the building for donated amounts to recognize loved ones.
“This means a lot to kids and grandparents can say they are a part of this,” she said.
“It’s already a good feeling to be a part of something. It’s going to benefit not just one person but the whole community and the surrounding communities for that matter.”
The Eastern Missouri Family YMCA is holding a “Kids Day Out” program on Saturday, December 13 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Vandalia Play Care Facility. It is located at 115 W. Walsh in Vandalia.
There are only 30 spots available at a cost of $25 on a first come, first serve basis.
Kids must be ages 3-12 years old.
Those interested must pre-register and pay by December 12.
A form listing the child’s name, age, food allergies, and special requirements, along with payment, can be mailed to Vandalia Recreation Corporation, P.O. Box 91, Vandalia, Missouri 63382. For more information, call Goodpasture-Culwell at 573-473-9362.