The Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center are coming together in January to form one organization that will be known as the YMCA of north central Ohio.
The YMCA of north central Ohio will promote a shared future between the Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center. There will be a commitment to impacting the lives of youth and families and the health and wellness of individuals of all ages across north central Ohio.
The separate boards of directors for Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center voted to bring the organizations together as one. With the legal process already under development, they anticipate being one YMCA across north central Ohio starting next month.
The two Ys, under Cristen Gilbert’s leadership, have been operating under a management agreement for more than 18 months. Operating collaboratively across north central Ohio provides YMCA members and participants more convenient access to services close to home and work and enables them to benefit from the specialized programming offered at each location.
The YMCA of north central Ohio will include a dance studio, six child care locations, LIVESTRONG at the Y and a competitive gymnastics program, just to name a few services.
Collectively, YMCA of north central Ohio will generate revenue of more than $5 million while employing 300, serving more than 10,000 members and participants and providing nearly $640,000 in community impact annually.
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Mansfield, Shelby Y facilities to become one organization in January