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Local YMCAs Collaborate to Strengthen Communities

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.

That’s why the Fulton Family YMCA, the Oswego YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Syracuse have signed a one-year agreement to work together to serve the Fulton and Oswego communities.

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the country’s 2,700 YMCAs, facilitated the new agreement at the request of the Oswego YMCA and Fulton YMCA boards.

Y-USA encourages YMCAs to explore collaborations with each other as a means to strengthen their service to communities and achieve operational efficiencies.

Under the agreement, the Fulton YMCA and the Oswego YMCA will share administrative services and key staff.

The YMCA of Greater Syracuse will hire and supervise an executive director who will oversee the collaboration.

The agreement calls for the executive director to understand the specific needs of each community and to organize the collaboration to best meet those needs.

Each YMCA will retain its own board, its own finances and its own identity.

At the end of the one-year agreement, the three associations will evaluate their partnership and decide whether to modify, extend or end the agreement.

“Our community needs the Y,” said Steve Osborne, chairman of the Fulton Family YMCA Board of Directors. “This new agreement will only strengthen the Y here in Fulton, ensuring that it will be a community institution well into the future.”

The Fulton YMCA has been operating in a management agreement with the YMCA of Greater
Syracuse since June 2012.

Since then, the Fulton YMCA’s financial outlook has improved and its membership has grown.

The Oswego YMCA will benefit from the expertise and creativity that the Syracuse YMCA will
bring, said Michael Segretto, chairman of the Oswego YMCA Board of Directors.

He said he expects new efficiencies and fresh ideas, enabling the Oswego YMCA to serve more people and to serve them better.

“This agreement gives us the stability we need to look forward, so we can meet the changing
needs of our community,” Segretto said. “This is an exciting time for us.”

The Oswego YMCA is currently conducting a $3 million capital campaign to expand and improve its facilities.

All of the capital campaign money will remain with the Oswego YMCA.

Hal Welsh, executive director of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, said the collaboration continues a longstanding YMCA tradition of working with neighbors to meet community needs.

“We believe that working together magnifies the good we can do,” Welsh said. “We are looking
forward to helping them deliver on our shared cause of strengthening community.”

The boards of all three YMCA associations unanimously approved the joint management plan in separate meetings.

The agreement is scheduled to take effect June 1.

About the YMCA

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21
million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the
potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide
opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence to promise and deliver lasting personal and social change.

For more information

Fulton Family YMCA: www.FultonYMCA.com
Oswego YMCA: www.OswegoYMCA.org
YMCA of Greater Syracuse: www.YMCAofGreaterSyracuse.org
YMCA of the USA: www.YMCA.net