The YMCA of York and York County is embarking on a $5.5M capital campaign – Transformation and Preservation. In response to emerging and urgent community needs, the YMCA will address issues in Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility and engage multiple sites.

Youth Development: Create green space urban park in York and an aquaponics program in the former Phillie Pool for urban youth STEM programs. Southern will build a warm water therapy pool for youth swim lessons and a new gymnasium for youth physical recreation. Bob Hoffman (Dover) Branch will expand adding multi-use space for expanding youth development programming.

Healthy Living: York’s DeBarbadillo natatorium will be re-piped, preserving the vital community asset built in 1925 that serves youth swim lessons and arthritis water exercise programs along with a warmer alternative lap swimming pool. Southern’s therapeutic warm water pool will address the need for warm water therapy for active older adults. The expansion of multi-use space in Dover will meet growing community wellness needs and chronic disease prevention programs.

Social Responsibility: York will upgrade its Loucks Board/Community space that is used by over 30 community groups and install windows on the south side of the wellness center to overlook the parking lot enhancing the space for natural light and safety. The Southern Branch has transitioned Southern Community Services and will renovate space to accommodate services while also partnering with Living Hope Church in the new gymnasium space.

Other: There are many other smaller projects that will be accomplished in hopes of a successful campaign that include, but may not be limited to: Bob Hoffman – interior upgrades of painting, locker room upgrade, bathroom upgrades and new selectorized strength equipment; Southern – exterior painting, new pool dehumidification unit, locker room upgrades; York – new flooring in lower level, new phone system.

How can you help? We have an extraordinary opportunity to ensure a bright future for York and York County – but we must take action today, and only your support will make it possible. When you give to the Y, your generosity reaches children, families and adults of all ages throughout the region. When you make a meaningful gift you create enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.

Our community faces new challenges that create a greater need than ever for the work we do every day. Where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers and staff to make a difference because lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.

How do I participate? Some of you may be contacted by one of our volunteers to consider making a meaningful gift. However, with the amount of members, it is very difficult to visit everyone. If you would like for one of our volunteers and/or staff to visit with you, please let us know at the contact information included below. Absent a personal visit, you can visit our website at and click on the Donate Now button and follow the instruction. You can also inquire at our membership services desks at each branch.

Everyone has a role to play: So far we have been blessed with great success in the campaign. However, we know the last 20% of the campaign goal must come from the general community and our members and we also understand that can be some heavy lifting. Therefore, to accomplish the outline of projects slated to be undertaken, we must raise the $5.5M and to meet that goal, we you to consider – today – what you can do to assist with a meaningful gift.

For the YMCA of York and York County and its 164 years of legacy services in this community, and on behalf of its corporate board of directors;

Larry M. Richardson