(Elizabethville) – – The Northern Dauphin County Branch YMCA has received a $600,000 state grant for an expansion project at the Elizabethville facility, according to State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).
According to Executive Director Susan Jacobs, the grant will be used in an expansion project that will include a senior wellness center at the YMCA. “A large percentage of the branch’s members are seniors and the wellness center will provide multiple services to develop the spirit, mind and body of our members and improve their quality of life,” said Jacobs.
Senator Gordner included the funding as a line item in the state’s Capital Budget in 2006, allowing the project to be eligible for state dollars. “After the Capital Budget is approved, projects have to compete for state funds,” said the Senator. “The YMCA met high standards to qualify for this grant by demonstrating a regional need and by gathering local support and funding commitments. It is not easy to gain grant funding at this level and the YMCA earned it,” said Senator Gordner.
The entire project totals over one million dollars and in addition to the state funding, the YMCA has secured funding commitments through Dauphin County and local contributions.
Todd B. Roup, Senator Gordner’s Office (717)787-8928
Susan Jacobs, Northern Dauphin YMCS (717)362-9494