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Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center celebrates first decade

The Skaneateles Community Center opened its doors in 2002, and was turned over to the YMCA in in 2010. This year is the facility's 10-year anniversary.

The Skaneateles Community Center opened its doors in 2002, and was turned over to the YMCA in in 2010. This year is the facility's 10-year anniversary.

— The membership numbers have continued to climb since and Bales said she anticipates membership will continue to grow.

“The Skaneateles Y and Community Center provides opportunities for people of all ages to grow in spirit, mind and body,” Branch Executive Director Dorothea Hughes said. “It is a safe, community and family oriented organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the residents of Skaneateles and the surrounding communities. The Y is truly for all people and an important community asset.”

With a strong financial assistance program in place, the Y is filled with benefits and reasons for people to belong to the organization.

“[We] encourage people who can’t afford to join to come anyway,” Bales said. “The Y stands by not turning people away because they don’t have a way to pay for the membership.”

According to Hughes, the annual support campaign helps raise funds to underwrite memberships and programs for individuals and families who cannot afford to pay the entire cost.

“More than 150 people benefited from the scholarship fund last year,” Hughes said. “The Y members, as well as Skaneateles community, businesses and organizations, have been very supportive of the Y and instrumental in our success.”

Bales said the organization provided $25,000 in the last year for financial assistance.

The Y is currently in the midst of its 2012 support campaign to further provide assistance to the community.

Providing goes far beyond financial assistance, though, as there has been great care given to creating a “Y culture.”

What they offer

“We have worked diligently to create a ‘Y culture,’ where all people feel welcome, staff are happy and feel appreciated, and excellent member-service is paramount. We’ve increased our fitness class offerings by 50 percent, our school age childcare program serves more than 60 children, and our preschool, aquatic and ice programs have grown as well,” Hughes said.

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