“We are excited to have reached this final but crucial phase of the campaign,” said Patrick Shannon, vice president of East County YMCA operations. “And the advisory board will now be asking for support from key business and community leaders.”
Working in conjunction with the Special Kids Foundation – an organization dedicated to special-needs children and their families – the 25,000-square-foot-facility on O’Hara Avenue will house services, therapies and programs for the special needs and general population of East County.
The combined facility will also include an All Abilities Playground for children with limited physical abilities. The emphasis at the combined site will be inclusion, family and healthy lifestyle.
“What I think is so important is the collaboration taking place between the Special Kids Foundation and the YMCA so that they can provide services to all members of the family,” said YMCA Advisory Board Member Vickey Rinehart. “It’s a big undertaking that has taken a long time, and with economics the way they are right now, it’s been difficult. But we need to continue working toward the goal and getting the word out.”
In order to qualify for bond monies to build the new facility, the YMCA is required to raise a total of $400,000 in local financing. To date, the organization has gathered $89,000 from corporate partners, community leaders and local businesses. Now the group is hoping to secure the last $246,000 so construction can begin within the next four to six months.
“No donation is too small,” said Shannon. “Everyone can make a difference.”
And in an effort to make a significant difference, the YMCA advisory board is hosting a fundraising reception Feb. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vic Stewart’s Restaurant in Brentwood. The community is invited to attend the event, which will include hors d’oeuvres and beverages, plus an update on construction schedules, timetables and information on current and future YMCA programs.
The new structure will include an aerobics, cardiovascular and strength-training facility, a health and fitness center, family aquatic services, multi-generational technology center and a community gathering place. A demonstration and nutritional teaching kitchen will also be on site, as well as a childcare facility.
To attend the reception, or for additional information or ways to help, call 925-887-4645.