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Mendota Area YMCA launches building fundraiser

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013


After years of planning for a local facility, the Mendota Y plans to purchase this building on Rt. 251 in Mendota for use as a satellite location of the Illinois Valley YMCA. (Reporter photo by Bonnie Morris)


MENDOTA – For years local residents have heard that the Mendota Area YMCA is “working towards a building.” Now, they are another step closer to making that goal a reality. The group has decided to purchase an existing building they believe will be perfect for a YMCA branch in Mendota. The building is located at 4042 East Second Road (Rt. 251 next to Meyers Furniture) in Mendota.

In order to achieve their goal and make this acquisition a reality, the Mendota Y is on a very aggressive timeline to raise $250,000 to support their current assets. These funds will be used for improvements to the building, which will bring it to the caliber expected of a YMCA.

Once completed, this building will function as a satellite location of the Illinois Valley YMCA. Plans for the building include cardio vascular equipment, free weights, nautilus style equipment and a dance/yoga/group activity room. The Mendota Y board of directors is very excited about the proposed purchase and during the next few weeks, they will focus all their energy to make the plan a reality.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the building fund is asked to please contact the Mendota Y. Pledge cards are available at the Mendota Chamber of Commerce office, 800 Washington St., Mendota. Cash contributions may be made on behalf of the Mendota Y at First State Bank in Mendota. Anyone who wishes to discuss their contribution may contact the Mendota Area YMCA by e-mail at Mendota_ymca@yahoo.com, phone (815) 538-6603 or contact a board member (listed below) to set up an appointment.

A tremendous amount of financial support will be needed from the local community to make this purchase a reality. In addition to cash donations, the board is also seeking “Gifts in Kind” to help in making improvements to the building. Anyone with skills in carpentry, plumbing, painting or other areas that could be of service is asked to contact the board.

About the Mendota Area YMCA – The Mendota Area YMCA functions as an arm of the Illinois Valley YMCA. The YMCA is a cause-driven organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They believe a strong community can only be achieved when an investment is made in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Mendota Area YMCA board members include Terry Eutis, Kelly Becker, Rusty Stachlewitz, Juli Leifheit, Becky McPheeters, Alison Wasmer, Nancy Huss, Lisa Martin, Doug Jackson, Todd Doyle, Kelly Bond, Megan Bromenschenkel, Andy Kneebone and Jared Wise.














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