KIDS • FAMILIES • SENIORS
Ashland Family YMCA 207 Miller Street | Ashland, OH 44805
Originally established in 1905 on Main Street, the Ashland Family YMCA has been serving the residents of the City of Ashland and Ashland County for more than 115 years through our mission of putting Christian principles into practice that build healthy bodies, minds, and spirits for all by promoting the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We do this by offering facilities and programs:
WHAT IS THE VISION FOR THE ASHLAND FAMILY YMCA AND HOW DOES THAT IMPACT ME AND MY COMMUNITY?
HOW DOES THE ASHLAND FAMILY YMCA PLAN TO ATTAIN ITS VISION?
To reach its vision, the Ashland Family YMCA’s goal is to raise $3.6 million by April 1, 2022, primarily for significant improvements to its physical facilities and the addition of a new gymnasium for gymnastics training and competition, as well as strength training and conditioning. We are fortunate that an anonymous donor has agreed to match all commitments at $1.25 for each dollar raised, up to a total of $2.0 million, to the BUILDING A BETTER Y FOR OUR COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN. With more than half of the support already committed, we are confident that the Ashland community will rise to meet this most generous challenge.
HOW WILL THESE PLANS MEET MY NEEDS AND THOSE OF MY COMMUNITY?
Since moving to our current location at 207 Miller Street in 1956, the Ashland Family YMCA is bursting at the seams with activity. As our community continues to rebound from the recent pandemic, the Ashland Family YMCA programs are growing at a rapid pace. However, our facilities have not changed in the past 14 years and much of the building dates back nearly 70 years.
Imagine not enhancing or upgrading your home in the past decade and a half and then imagine that you have had several thousand visitors each year. That’s a lot of wear and tear on a building. Wouldn’t you want to improve that long, narrow, poorly-lit hallway with which you’ve been dissatisfied for decades or add a new area for entertainment and active engagement? Wouldn’t you want to improve your bathrooms, especially for your disabled guests? Wouldn’t you want to improve your parking and make it safer for your visitors? That is exactly what the Ashland Family YMCA is planning to do.
The BUILDING A BETTER Y FOR OUR COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN will position the Y to serve more people, more effectively, more efficiently, and with greater safety. Here’s how:
How the YMCA saved the Swartz Family
When Andrew (second from left) came down with a debilitating illness last year and had to rebuild his strength and endurance, as well as learn to walk again, a free Family Membership Scholarship to the YMCA was life-changing for him and his entire family, which was also suffering from significant financial losses. “Getting Andrew into the YMCA pool…really sped up his progress,” according to his mother, Lynette. Perhaps just as important, his father Dave remarked, “We can now do our workouts as a family.”
Greg Gorrell, Retired Businessman, Ashland, Ohio
“I have been a member for 20+ years and during my working career I would work out on my lunch hour three times a week. I have continued this routine since retirement. This has enhanced the quality and length of my life, both mentally and physically. This will do the same for your long-term health at the Y. What is your long-term plan? Keep moving at the YMCA!”
All contributions to the BUILDING A BETTER Y FOR OUR COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN of the Ashland Family YMCA, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Ways of Giving
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you have questions or want to discuss how you can support the Ashland Family YMCA at this important time in its history, please contact Molly Riley, Executive Director, 419-289-0626, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Carl Gerbasi – Board President
Aaron Forbes – Vice President
Beau Carpenter – Treasurer
Joy Reep – Secretary
Capital Campaign Co-Chairs