June 30, 2021
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” ―Coretta Scott King
A Note from Board Chair Scot Guempel...
I am inspired by these words of the late Coretta Scott King as I write this to thank you for your generosity and support of our YMCA. I have had the pleasure and honor to serve as on the Board of Directors of the YMCA over the past 12 years and as Chairman for the past three years. As a life-long member of Madison, I have always been humbled and inspired by the generosity and kindness of our beloved community, which also includes the Chathams and Florham Park.
As you know, we have been on a mission these last few years, to build out an expanded YMCA facility. While the actual construction started about 18 months ago, planning was years in the making. The demands of the community were outpacing the ability of the Y to deliver services given the confines of a structure that was built in 1962. The community was asking for something to be done. Together, we are now accomplishing something truly remarkable.
March 22, 2021
WE HAVE A SPRING IN OUR STEP, AND WE ARE ALMOST "GAME READY"!
Our long planned Family Center expansion has fully taken shape and we’re closer than ever to opening our exciting sports and aquatics complex, all thanks to you! Your generosity and commitment over the last few years has shown the importance of this major project to our Y community now and for the future. Thank you for making so much possible through your support.
Coming as we start the spring season, this update explains how we have put your many generous gifts to work on our expansion over the last year. Following the winter snowstorms and cold, we now see energizing signs of renewal with increased outdoor and indoor activity throughout our community and in our Y. We have remained vigilant in maintaining health protections across all of our Y programs, and an increasing number of members are returning, getting reacquainted with Y friends after several months away. We are thrilled to welcome our members, both newcomers and long-time participants, through our doors this month. Thank you for staying with us through the challenges of the last year, and supporting us in so many ways to complete this expansion that will serve our members, and future members, for many years to come.
January 18, 2021
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' "
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, as we recognize the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we take the opportunity on this Day of Service to look back at the progress we have made and forward to the bright future ahead. Our community is facing unprecedented challenges in many ways, and Dr. King's teaching continues to inspire hope for the future. Thanks to our generous donors and community, our YMCA is moving rapidly toward completion of our long-planned Family Center Expansion, a project that represents the committed community-building efforts of thousands of people.
November 18, 2020
Deeper than a pool...
Let's dive in! As we enter the Aquatics Center Structure construction phase, some of you may have noticed the exciting progress of our YMCA Family Center expansion which continues on schedule. We are in the homestretch with fully funding the project, and we hope you will continue to help us to build for the future! Our new eight-lane pool and double-sized sports gymnasium will enable our Y to serve the community in new and broader ways, incorporating enhanced health and safety standards that have become even more important at the Y this year.
September 23, 2020
The Excitement Is Building This Fall
This summer, we have been busy with our Family Center expansion construction project. As we move into the fall, the excitement is building as we see the steel structure, walls and roof taking shape. Read on to learn more about our construction progress, take a look at photos, see how we have raised the roof structure, and learn how you can take part in our new Homestretch Gift Challenge to help build for the future!
February 29, 2020
Leaping with Excitement
With an extra day in February this year we are "leaping forward" with our expansion plans.
Our Family Center expansion construction project is fully underway. We greatly appreciate your flexibility and patience as we undertake such a significant project, including adjustments to parking and traffic flow, intermittent noise in our building, and temporary relocation of programming as needed. Our management team is committed to partnering with our construction team to minimize disruptions to our members in the months ahead.
Read on to learn more about our construction progress to date and the “ concrete” steps we are taking to advance the work!
January 4, 2020
A New Year, a New Us
We're delighted to report our progress in activating the long-planned $16M Family Center Expansion with a regular newsletter to mark the evolution of the new space.
With construction underway, we plan to finish in 16 to 18 months, and be fully operational by late 2021. This new phase in our Y’s development will allow us to serve many more children in need of aquatic safety and sports training, including growing our YMCA Mariners Swim Team and Gators Basketball teams. We’ll also serve many more adult fitness members, master swimmers and community partners in our expanded facility.
While our Y’s expansion is a big undertaking in many ways, it is precisely what our community needs and deserves. Thank you for being a part of our efforts to serve our community for decades to come. Stay tuned for our regular newsletter filled with updates on our project, funds raised and photos as we build!
to read on to see all that we have to look forward to in January 2020!
November 18, 2019
View from the roof.
November 11, 2019
There was a hole (There was a hole)
In the middle of the ground. (In the middle of the ground)
The prettiest hole (The prettiest hole)
That you ever did see. (That you ever did see)
October 26, 2019
Here we go backhoe, here we go!
September 25, 2019
We’re delighted to report our progress in activating the long-planned $16M Family Center expansion. At our ceremonial groundbreaking in August, we celebrated the leadership of our Board of Directors and contributions of hundreds of donors who have made the project possible. Nearly 100 donors and community leaders, including the Chatham Township, Florham Park and Madison mayors, Madison Council members, and F.M. Kirby Foundation executives joined us to mark the occasion. We were honored by remarks from Madison Mayor Bob Conley, who retired as vice president last year following more than 45 years of dedicated service to our YMCA.
We are grateful for the professional contributions of NK Architects and the William Blanchard Co. who have worked with management to complete detailed plans for the expansion. We are well prepared for a productive construction term ahead. With building starting this fall, we plan to finish in 18 to 24 months, and be fully operational by late 2021. This new phase in our Y’s development will allow us to serve many more children in need of aquatic safety and sports training, including growing our YMCA Mariners Swim Team and Gators Basketball teams. We’ll also serve many more adult fitness members, master swimmers and community partners in our expanded facility.
Perhaps most exciting this fall, our Y is pursuing a $250,000 matching gift challenge. This summer an anonymous donor offered this dollar-for-dollar match to help our YMCA secure another $500,000 to help defray costs of our expansion project. Our Board and many members have responded to the challenge. The matching challenge inspired the Rotary Club of Madison to donate $50,000 to our cause! The Rotary Club has been a steadfast partner to the Y for many years, and we so appreciate their commitment to strengthening our community. We’ve received a total of $6.95 million so far in our capital fundraising effort. But we are still short of our goal and we need your help. Please join us by contributing now before the matching challenge ends on November 11.
While our Y’s expansion is a big undertaking in many ways, it is precisely what our community needs and deserves. Thank you for being a part of our efforts to serve our community for decades to come.
Madison Area YMCA
President & CEO
Madison Area YMCA
May 1, 2019
THE EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING
We’re happy to report that the Madison Area YMCA is in the midst of a lively spring programming session, with successful competitive seasons for our Mariners swim, Gators and Lady Gators basketball and Rosettes gymnastics teams. The warm weather has arrived and the end of the school year is near at our F.M. Kirby Children’s Center. We are gearing up for a busy summer. Our Summer Camp staff members are preparing for an outstanding season of character-building adventure, learning and activities for youth of all ages.
We are preparing to break ground on our multi-million-dollar Family Center expansion. This month we completed a series of site and soil assessments in preparation for the first phase of construction. In preparation for building to begin this summer, we have contracted with NK Architects and Wm. Blanchard Co., both headquartered in Morristown. Both of these industry-leading professional organizations are well acquainted with our community and our Y, having worked on earlier expansion projects at our Family Center. Our NK and Blanchard partners are working with management and Board leadership to assure that our project moves forward as planned and on schedule. We project that once we begin, construction will continue for 18 to 24 months, targeting completion in the first half of 2021.
Our Y has been energized by the thoughtful, diligent planning and fundraising leadership of our Board of Directors, Project Steering Committee, Capital Campaign Leadership Cabinet and YMCA Management. Together, we are working to realize this major community-service aspiration by engaging the philanthropic support of individual YMCA and community members, along with foundations, corporations and other organizations.
By year-end 2018 we had raised $5.6M through philanthropic giving. In January this year we launched “Our Community Our Future,” the community phase of our Campaign. “Our Community Our Future” is a combined initiative of our Capital Campaign for construction and ongoing Annual Campaign, which provides financial assistance to people at all income levels for participation in Y membership and programs. The combined Campaign will help us to expand our Family Center, and our program capacity, to meet the growing needs of children, teens and adults of all ages for decades to come.
To date we have raised $6.4M in capital gifts toward our expansion project, and an additional $237,850 in 2019 Annual Campaign support. We are deeply grateful to our donors who have thus far made commitments to our Campaign. And yet we have a distance to go in meeting our goal, so we need your help. We will be working to connect with as many Y members as we can, and we would ask you to reach out to us to learn how you can help. Please contact our Senior Director, Organization Advancement at Aherman@madisonymca.org to learn how you can help. Together we can make our aspiration for the future of our community a reality!
Madison Area YMCA
President & CEO
Madison Area YMCA
March 29, 2019
Engineering assessments in preparation for our Family Center expansion have occurred over the last few months, and will continue next week. The data from these assessments will help inform our construction engineering plans. We anticipate that we will break ground on the expansion midyear 2019!
Since the public launch of our Community Campaign, we are excited to share we have received generous donations totaling more than $313,200 toward our Family Center Expansion Project! More than 100 Y staff have made gifts to the Capital Campaign!
COMMUNITY IS OUR CAUSE
Our community is a wonderful place to live and work, but many of our neighbors struggle with a variety of concerns. The Y is committed to helping all people live better lives.
March 4, 2019
LEAVE YOUR LEGACY
Since the public launch of our Community Campaign, we are excited to share we have received generous donations totaling more than $225,500 toward our Family Center Expansion Project!
The Madison Area YMCA Our Community Our Future Campaign is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of your family, and the community as a whole now and for years to come. Together, we can leave a legacy for future generations, just as community members of the past made our current facility possible. Please join us in supporting this important community project.
While gifts of any size will help shape the future of our Y, special recognition opportunities exist for gifts of $1,000 or more to the Capital Campaign. Nameplates of different sizes exist for gifts from $1,000 - $10,000 on our Mosaic Path To The Future.
Mosaic Path To The Future Recognition Levels:
- Bronze $1,000+
- Silver $2,500+
- Gold $5,000+
- Platinum $10,000+
For additional naming opportunities and more information, please email Senior Director of Organization Advancement Amie Herman.
EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS POINT TO A BRIGHT FUTURE
As a nonprofit community institution the Madison Area YMCA provides nearly $700,000 each year in financial assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to participate in the Y’s programs and services. Since opening our doors on Kings Road in 1962, our membership has more than doubled and our YMCA is bursting at the seams with activity.
While we rejoice in this participation and growing membership, we also recognize that our current Family Center needs to be expanded in order to better serve the community now and in the future. To do this, the Board of Directors and Madison Area YMCA management have undertaken a capital campaign to expand and enhance our Y. I am pleased to share the strong progress we have made in this regard.
In January of 2018, we received approval from the Madison Zoning Board of Adjustment to move forward with our Y Family Center expansion plan. I am also delighted to announce that the Board has unanimously approved the $12M project budget. We are finalizing the expansion design with architects and our construction management team this fall, and our plan is to break ground in mid-2019. We have received more than $5.6 million in donations and pledges and are continuing to seek and secure major gifts. The plan is to expand opportunities for giving with a broader community campaign in early 2019. We are proud of our community’s generous giving and excited to continue the momentum. Thank you for helping to make our vision a reality.
Madison Area YMCA