Ogden, UT, April 30, 2013– The YMCA of Northern Utah is now 70 percent of the way toward funding a new Community Family Center at Lincoln Elementary School in Ogden School District. With more than $470,000 raised toward the $650,000 funding goal, the new facility is set to bring youth development and healthy living programs to Ogden's north end community.
A recent grant of $150,000 from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, coupled with a $25,000 grant from the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, have helped build momentum for the project from throughout Ogden, bringing the YMCA closer to making the dream of the facility a reality. The new facility is expected to open for the 2014 school year.
The recent grant from the Eccles Foundation builds on its longstanding tradition of support for the YMCAof Northern Utah. It has helped the YMCA offer out-of-school enrichment programs and outdoor camp experiences to at-risk youth for many years. An Eccles Foundation grant in 2010 helped the YMCA build its first Community Family Center of this kind in Taylorsville, Utah. The success of that center fostered the campaign to create the new center and programs in Ogden.
“We deeply appreciate the confidence and support the Eccles Foundation has shown the YMCA for so many years, partnering with us to better serve at-risk youth and families in our state," said Richard West, CEO of YMCA of Northern Utah. "The positive impact we have seen at our first Community Family Center in Taylorsville has been so tremendous, we're thrilled that the Eccles Foundation and so many others are helping us offer these opportunities to the families of Lincoln Elementary in Ogden."
Said Lisa Eccles, President & COO of the Eccles Foundation, "We share the YMCA's goals for providing enrichment programs for schoolchildren and their families to help ensure their academic success. Our Foundation is pleased to partner with so many others in the Ogden area to help the YMCA's new center generate positive and long-lasting results for disadvantaged families in the area."
In regard to the $25,000 Dee Foundation grant, DeWayne Ashmead, chairman of Albion Laboratories, Inc., noted, “The Dee Family and their foundation are a large part of Ogden’s history and progress over the last 40 years. With this donation to the YMCA they are helping to continue the efforts in supporting our community.”
The new facility will enable the YMCA to increase its capacity, serving 200% more youth with five times the amount of time they can participate in the enrichment programs. The services offered at the YMCACommunity Family Center will aim to tackle the top barriers to family success for individuals living inOgden.
The YMCA’s goals for the center and its programming include strengthening families by developing values and behavior that foster greater opportunities for parents to become active community members and strong leaders. For youth, the YMCA facility will provide before-school, afterschool, evening, holiday, summer enrichment, and early childhood education programs, and will provide more children with the opportunity to participate in sports, arts and crafts, science, drama, games, and more. At the center, nutritionally balanced food/snacks will be provided daily. Programming will have an emphasis on academic enrichment activities along with time for homework assistance and support.
For adults and seniors, the YMCA facility will provide fitness classes, health and nutrition education, and adult education programs—all developed and implemented based on community and school needs. In addition, the YMCA facility will provide community-building with volunteer opportunities, community service programs, community lecture programs and other events.
“The generosity of those like the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation make it possible for projects like this to come to life," said Dennis Mills, Board Chair, YMCA of Northern Utah.
Added West, "When we work as one we can move our communities towards a better future. This center is an important step toward that future!" To join the YMCA in raising the remaining $180,000 to build the Community Family Center in Ogden, Utah, visit www.ymcautah.org/cfc-ogden/get-involved. There are many ways to get involved in the campaign: attend an event, volunteer, join a committee, host a fundraiser or buy a specially designed "Community" pendant.