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YMCA of the Northwoods seeks out community support to reach Building for the Future Capital Campaign goal

A pickup game of basketball is briefing put on hold.

In the other half of the gym, YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow speaks of the future of the YMCA as several large prints show what that might look like.

“Now more than ever our community needs the Y, but now more than ever our YMCA needs our community,” said Zietlow.

The renderings depict a new youth development classroom, an 8,000 square foot gymnasium addition, and a summer day camp pavilion.

“When we look at making a difference with our kids and teens, as Dr. Judy Shared, we’re out of space,” said Zietlow. “When it comes to how do we impact youth in out of school time, a lot of time that conversation internally comes back, ‘where do we do it?’”

Those expansion projects are just some of the goals of the Y’s Building for the Future Capital Campaign.

“We want our community to see that the YMCA is an organization that looks to make a difference,” said Zietlow. “We want to understand where community struggles and dangers are, and we want to understand where our place is in making a difference in that.”

The YMCA is $200,000 dollars away from its two million dollar goal.

It’s turning to community members to help get them to the rest of the way.

“We’re just really hoping that the community comes through and sees the value. I think they do. I think they know the value and hopefully they can find it in their hearts to kind of help us get over the goal line,” said Steve Agnoli, YMCA Board Vice President.

You can learn about all the plans in store for the capital project as well as how to contribute onthe YMCA of the Northwoods website.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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