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The Tri-City YMCA at 451 Niedringhaus became a branch of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois on June 15.
GRANITE CITY — The Tri-City YMCA is now part of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois family.
The Granite City-based YMCA at 451 Niedringhaus officially became a branch of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois on June 15 after the two associations voted in favor of integrating through an asset purchase agreement.
“We’re very excited,” YMCA of Southwest Illinois vice president Jared Beard said. “We try to look at locations of communities that we like to serve better throughout the YMCA movement. We thought it moves a great partnership for a lot of programs that are very impactful for their community — whether it’s youth development, healthy living or social responsibility.”
The Tri-City YMCA and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois have been engaged in a management agreement since February.
“The two board volunteer presidents came together and they worked through a process over several months and determined that the long-term sustainability of the Tri-City YMCA and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois would be better off working together,” Beard said.
The two board volunteer presidents Beard referred to are Bill Gavin, chief volunteer officer of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, and John Papa, chief volunteer officer of the Tri-City YMCA.
With the addition of the Tri-City YMCA, the YMCA of Southwest Illinois now has nine branches. There are also locations in Downtown Belleville, East Belleville, Clinton County, Maryville, O’Fallon, Ill., Marion County, Monroe County and Randolph County. The corporate office is in Belleville.
“As two of the region’s leading nonprofits, the YMCA of Southwest Illinois and the Tri-City YMCA are excited to combine our organizations to better serve the communities where we operate throughout the Southern Illinois region,” Gavin said. “By taking this action, we position the ‘Y’ to serve more youth and families and improve more lives at a time when the needs for our services have never been greater.”
With the integration, Tri-City YMCA members are now allowed to utilize the other YMCA in Southwest Illinois locations as well as provide access to national programming such as the YMCA Diabetes Program, Reach and Rise Mentoring and Early Learning Readiness.
“This step will allow us to improve efficiencies, and develop and implement programming that more effectively supports our youth development, healthy living and social responsibility initiatives,” Papa said.
The Tri-City YMCA, which was built in 2004, is open from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Currently, the facility offers a summer camp for children ages 5 to 12, child care for children 5 and younger and group exercise classes such as senior fitness, combo aerobics and water aerobics.
For information, call the Tri-City YMCA at (618) 876-7200.