YMCAs in Bucks County announce a shared future and bold commitment to all residents across the county
Central and Lower Bucks Family YMCAs announced that they have officially merged into one organization under the new name: YMCA of Bucks County. Additionally, the boards of directors of both YMCA of Bucks County and Upper Bucks YMCA announced they have signed an agreement to merge the organizations. The legal process has begun and they anticipate officially becoming one YMCA organization across all of Bucks County in January 2019. Operating as one organization across the county provides YMCA members and participants more convenient access to services, close to home and work, and enables them to benefit from the specialized programming offered at each location.
Furthering their dedication to residents, YMCA of Bucks County announced its “For A Better Us” Campaign, a commitment to raise $20 million in needed resources to support growing requests for financial assistance and free programming and to complete major expansion and renovations on facilities in Doylestown and Fairless Hills. The renovated facilities will enable the Y to expand impact programs that serve cancer survivors, veterans, those with special needs and more, as well as better support the health journeys of members and the community.
YMCA of Bucks County
Collectively, the YMCAs of Bucks County have member branches in Doylestown, Fairless Hills, Newtown, Quakertown and Warminster, as well as child care centers in Fairless Hills, Morrisville, New Britain, Newtown and Quakertown with an outdoor camp center in Holland. With revenue of $20 million, they employ 1,600 people, serve more than 60,600 members and participants annually, and will provide nearly $5 million in charitable community impact this year.
“At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Bringing the three Bucks County YMCAs together as one organization allows us to utilize resources in the most effective way to ensure high quality YMCA services across the county. We continue our commitment to working side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to improve their health and to learn, grow and thrive at the Y,” said President/CEO Zane Moore.
“For A Better Us” Campaign
Plans are currently underway for capital projects at the Fairless Hills and Doylestown branches. In Fairless Hills, located at 601 South Oxford Valley Road, space will be reconfigured within the current building footprint to allow for an expanded fitness center and locker rooms, additional program space, community gathering area, and more parking while giving the building a new, modern look.
In Doylestown, located at 2500 Lower State Road, space will be added and renovated to expand the fitness center and free weight area, add additional program spaces, and renovate and add universal, private locker rooms which will allow the Y to better meet the needs of diverse populations.
The “For A Better Us” Campaign is chaired by Fred Schea who has served the Y in various ways, including as a trustee and board member, for over 25 years.
“Our early success in the campaign, raising over $12 million in less than two years, has encouraged our campaign committee and Y leadership to work diligently to raise the resources needed so we can be responsive to the many needs of our community,” commented Fred Schea, Campaign Chairman.
Early leadership gifts came from NovaCare Rehabilitation, Penn Color, Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, the Danaher Lynch Family Foundation, and the State of Pennsylvania through a RACP grant.
Frequently Asked Questions document were published by each of the branches to help members with any questions they may have. These are published and linked below:
Fairless Hills/Newtown FAQ
Read the article that ran in the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer HERE