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Join our $100,000 matching campaign to help improve the YMCA!
The YMCA of Steuben County has announced soon-to-be improvements to its facility at 500 East Harcourt Road. Originally built in 1998 by JICI Construction, the facility has been serving the health and wellness needs of Steuben County while staying true to its values of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Y has had a tremendous impact on Steuben County since its opening in 1998, thanks to the foresight and leadership of community leaders; Jim Ingledue, Chuck Needle, Chuck Sheets, Dr. Oren Skinner, Dr. Wyatt Weaver and Mike Heroy, who were all instrumental in making this much needed facility a reality in Angola, Ind. Inspired by their initial investment in the Y and the support of the entire community, it is with great excitement that Krista Miller, CEO of the YMCA of Steuben County, and Jennifer Danic, President and CEO of the Steuben County Community Foundation, are announcing the beginning of a facility improvement campaign that will greatly improve the quality of the facility and ensure its bright future in Steuben County.
Due to the generosity of anonymous donors, a fund has been established with the Steuben County Community Foundation that will fund the vast majority of the facility improvements. In conjunction with the Foundation’s fund, an additional anonymous donor has pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $100,000.00 of money raised by the YMCA to complete the project and secure the needed facility improvements.
“This project will enable the Y to update mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that are approaching 20 years of age. We are so grateful not only to these anonymous donors that our making this possible, but for all of our volunteers, donors and community partners, that continue to show their support in so many ways.,” stated Miller. “This needed project brings us closer to preparing our facility for the future in northeast Indiana, which will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility."
The YMCA’s matching campaign has been launched and will bear the moniker; Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future. The campaign’s name is to pay homage to those that made the YMCA of Steuben County a possibility in 1998 and incite the next generation of community leaders to invest in this valuable resource for northeast Indiana.
“The Steuben County Community Foundation is excited to play a role in the YMCA’s facility improvement project,” stated Danic. “We are honored to preserve the donor’s anonymity while fulfilling our mission of connecting people who care with a need that matters in our community such as the YMCA.”
The upgrades are to be performed by Industrial Contracting and Engineering out of Angola, Ind., who were the original mechanical contractors in 1998, and are scheduled to take 6 months. Work will begin in November and will consist of new LED lighting being installed throughout the facility, new boilers and domestic water heating systems, new pool dehumidification systems, a new chiller, air handler upgrades, packaged air handler replacements and VAV terminals.
“We are thankful to the YMCA of Steuben County for entrusting this local project to us,” said Ken W. Wilson, President and Owner of Industrial Contracting and Engineering. “The opportunity to work with and help a great community staple such as the Y is something that we do not take for granted, and we look forward to the Y’s soon-to-be improved facility here in Angola.”
With the launch of the matching campaign, members of the community and community organizations are able to donate in a myriad of ways including check, cash, and other financial means, such as stock allocations. In the near future, online giving will also be available via ymcasteuben.org. For more questions on how to give and be a part of this community enhancement project, please contact Krista Miller, CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-668-3607.
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