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Let’s join together to build the Northwest Family YMCA

— We need a YMCA with group exercise rooms so that people can join together for healthy activities.

We need a Family Prime Time area, where children can have safe, supervised fun while their parents get stronger.

We need a YMCA teaching kitchen where teens and adults can learn to make healthy meals and snacks.

We need a quality employer providing good jobs including great first jobs for our teenagers.

We need a facility that makes our residents proud and encourages our young people to return to Central New York.

Building a new YMCA won’t be easy. We need people in all of our communities—Baldwinsville, Clay, Phoenix, Van Buren and Lysander—to stand up for a stronger community. We need volunteers willing to give of their time and their talent. And, after we launch our capital campaign, we’ll need their donations.

We will also need our supporters’ understanding. I believe every neighborhood would benefit from a nearby YMCA. Even though the new Y can’t be located in all of our communities—some of us will have to travel a few miles—it will benefit all of our neighborhoods.

We will also need our supporters’ patience. We’ll raise millions of dollars here in our community, but we’ll also ask the YMCA of Greater Syracuse to assume millions of dollars in debt. Where to invest that money is a 100-year decision. We need to take a few months to get more information.

At our meeting this week, our board agreed to hire a firm to complete a site-specific feasibility study. The results, due this summer, will help us be certain that the Northwest Family YMCA will thrive and do the most good in our community, now and for generations to come. It will take additional time to win the necessary approvals and to build the new Y.

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