Niles Buchanan YMCA

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Niles-Buchanan YMCA

History of our Y

1944




A group of local business men bring the YMCA to Niles and it operates out of a small office downtown while using local schools, churches and parks to operate its programs

1948




The YMCA of Niles is located in the “Old Colonial House” at 315 West Main

1950




YMCA develops Scholarship fund “Partners with Youth” to ensure that no youth is denied membership or programs due to income

1959




Plans for new YMCA building and $600,000 fund drive unveiled

1961




Facility opens in 1961 the Y becomes the areas only indoor swimming facility. Also, youth sport programming begins.

1975




Niles, Brandywine & Buchanan Schools elementary students begin annual “Water Safety Program”

1977




Racquetball & field house added on to existing building

1988




Capital campaign raises $400,000 for building renovations

1992




YMCA Endowment Fund established

1996




YMCA provides membership & program scholarships for more than 200 youth

1996-99




Capital Campaign raised $150,000 for improvements to facility and grounds

1998




YMCA Endowment Fund becomes part of Michigan Gateway Community Foundation

1998




Four Year Strategic Plan Developed & Adopted by Board of Directors

1999




New $50,000 Cardiovascular Equipment Room Opens

2000




Endowment Fund Surpasses Goal of $300,000

2000




Additional Full-Time Professional Staff Hired to oversee all adult programming

2000




Memberships numbers reach an all time high of 1,175 units

2001




Community Image Study done in collaboration with Lakeland to determine need for new facility

2002




Market Study, Financial Forecast Study and Campaign Feasibility Study all completed to determine the feasibility of building a new YMCA facility

2003-2006




YMCA moves forward with a capital campaign for a new facility and exceeds original goal of $3.2 Million by raising $3.47 million dollars

2005




Construction begins on new $8.5 million facility in October of 2005

2006




Grand Opening of the new Y facility on Front Street takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2006

2006




Lakeland Regional Health System leases 5,000 square feet of dedicated space in the new Y facility

2007




From December 2006 thorough March 2007 the Y more than doubles its memberships by selling 1,320 new memberships

2010




February 2010, $50,000 of new cardiovascular exercise equipment is added to the wellness room

2010




Financial Assistance for YMCA Membership and services is provided to over 2,100 individuals with a total scholarship allocations of $211,000.00

2011




The 29th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run has 1,810 participants which is a new event record

2011




Y Membership numbers hit an all time high of more than 9,500 individuals

2011




YMCA Board of Directors complete a new “Master Space Plan” study of the new facility and have a glimpse into the future for our Y’s possible expansions


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