Perdue Farms, as part of its “Delivering Hope to Our Neighbors” outreach, is supporting YMCA of Northwest North Carolina in Yadkinville, with a $50,000 grant funded through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
The Yadkin Family YMCA is conducting a capital campaign to fund an expansion of its facility. The 9,000-square-foot addition will consist of three multi-purpose/group exercise rooms, a community meeting room, and two bathrooms for an estimated cost of $2.5 million.
“The purpose of this expansion is to allow the Yadkin YMCA to increase its capacity to serve current and new members, but also to grow philanthropic services and programs that contribute to the general welfare of Yadkin County,” said Scott Spillman, executive director.
The additional space will allow the Yadkin Family YMCA to expand youth programming and health interventions for community members with chronic conditions. The Yadkin County 2018 State of the County Health Report states that 53 percent of the leading causes of death are caused by chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease, cancer and diabetes.
“We’re grateful for the support of Perdue Farms and its foundation. Currently, the facility has no dedicated space for children above nursery age. Childcare is an essential part of family and community life. Unfortunately, lack of childcare is a growing issue for families in Yadkin County and its surrounding communities,” Spillman said.
“Expansion and renovation would allow the Yadkin Y to continuously offer life-changing community programs. Additional group exercise space will allow the Yadkin YMCA to expand its class offerings, including programs for seniors and accessible spaces and programs for persons with disabilities. We offer a suite of evidence-based health interventions that address diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other chronic diseases and the additional multi-purpose space will provide the appropriate facilities to offer these much-needed interventions.”
The Yadkin Family YMCA serves 3,700 men, women and children, 10 percent of the county’s population, averaging about 10,000 visits a month. As the only wellness facility in Yadkin and home to one of two public pools in the county, this expansion is needed to allow the Yadkin YMCA to continue offering quality programs.
Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation, commends the expansion of the Yadkin Family YMCA and the hard work and dedication of YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.
“Perdue is proud to contribute to the expansion of the Yadkin Family YMCA,” she said. “A larger building translates into more programs for more people, and we’re happy to help.”
To learn more about Perdue Farms’ Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors” outreach program, visit corporate.perduefarms.com.