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Groundbreaking Ceremony Signals Beginning of Expansion at YMCA of Bucks County, Doylestown

11.07.2019

groundbreakingRYMCA of Bucks County celebrated the groundbreaking for expansion of their Doylestown branch on November 7. YMCA members and the community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony that included Zane Moore, President/CEO of YMCA of Bucks County, members of the association board of directors, Central Bucks regional advisory board and trustees, and donors to the project. Also putting shovels in the ground to mark the beginning of the project were Joan Smith from the office of Senator Steve Santarsiero and PA State Representatives Todd Polinchock, Meghan Schroeder, Wendi Thomas, and Perry Warren. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to view plans and ask questions about the expansion.

The expansion of the Doylestown branch will include the enlargement of the current fitness center, adding 3,445 square feet to total 12,252 square feet, allowing for expanded free weight, functional fitness and stretching areas. The expansion will also include a new program space, new spin studio and the addition of a large, universal locker room to include 23 individual changing rooms for families and individuals with special situations. The expansion is expected to take approximately 18 months with little to no disruption to YMCA programs, classes, and services.

The goal of the expansion is to expand vital services to members and the community. The Y already provides impact programs to the community that include programs and services for veterans, cancer survivors, 2nd and 7th graders in addition to a new program aimed at serving residents recovering from substance disorder. In 2018, YMCA of Bucks County provided over $5 million in total community benefit that included free community impact programs, financial assistance and other subsidies.

The Y has raised $16.3 million toward a $20 million comprehensive campaign that will support expansion projects in both Doylestown and Fairless Hills, and community impact and financial assistance programs at all branches, countywide. As part of the campaign in Doylestown, donors who give $1,500 to $10,000 over two years will be recognized in a colorful, tile mosaic display after construction is complete. Anyone interested in finding out more about leaving their legacy can contact Angela Jacobsen, regional director of development at ajacobsen@ymcabucks.org or 215.348.8131, x1124.

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YMCA of Bucks County is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Annually, the Y serves nearly 60,600 members and participants at its five member branches, six youth education centers, and ten camp locations across Bucks County. YMCA of Bucks County provides $5 million of community impact annually in the form of financial assistance to individuals and families in need and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and more. To learn more visit ymcabucks.org.