The Tioga County Branch YMCA would like to thank First Citizens Community Bank for their generous donation of $7,500.00 to our Capital Campaign. Pictured from left is Amy Farrer, Vice Chair of the YMCA Board; Randall E. Black, CEO and President of First Citizens Community Bank; and Sonja Davy, YMCA Branch Executive Director. First Citizens Community Bank has been an amazing supporter of the YMCA cause and their efforts to help strengthen the community is greatly appreciated.
Every day, the Tioga County YMCA serves as a gathering place for the community. Teens pour in after school to play and do homework. Seniors connect with one another through exercise classes such as Light Aerobics and Silver Sneakers, as well as other community activities. Young children join Kids Klub to play together, learn a new skill and make new friends. Families have the opportunity to grow together by utilizing the facility, the programs and the staff. To ensure the Y can continue to provide Tioga County residents with life enhancing services, they are launching their Capital Campaign, which will provide the funds needed to renovate the facility and update the equipment.
The current Tioga County YMCA is located in what was formerly the Mansfield Armory, home to the National Guard. Since this building has been in service of the community since 1938, there is a real need for improvements. The YMCA is committed to honoring the legacy of the Mansfield Armory and its history, while serving the community and making the changes necessary to fulfill their mission. They plan on renovating unutilized space and update current features in order to meet the evolving needs of Tioga County and its citizens.
As a leading nonprofit that strengthens the community, financial gifts to the Y will help advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More importantly, gifts to the YMCA stay in the community, having a direct impact on resident's right here in Tioga County.
"Through our Capital Campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to go to exercise, but an organization that does crucial work thanks to the support of the community," said Sonja Davy, Executive Director, Tioga County YMCA. "The Y contributes to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods through a variety of ways that benefit all of us who live and work in Tioga County. In order to accomplish this, it is vital that we continue to grow our membership base. The result of this, will allow us to serve more people in the community. Without the renovations, we will not be able accommodate the needs of a growing membership thus not allowing us to serve more people. "
The Tioga County YMCA hopes to raise $400,000 for their Capital Campaign, which will assist in the renovations of the YMCA facility. These renovations include the development of a climate-controlled wellness center with upgraded equipment, along with updates to the building's lighting, air circulation and the gym ceiling. In addition, installation of lockers and 2 family changing rooms with showers to accommodate members.