YMCA Announces Capital Improvement Campaign

Scott Frey, President of the Auglaize/Mercer Counties Family YMCA Board of Directors and Allen Baskett, CEO at the YMCA announced that the “Y” has embarked on a $1,600,000 Capital Improvement Campaign to raise funds for facility and equipment upgrades for both full service branch locations in Celina and Minster, plus its Learning Center/Child Care location in New Bremen.

This will be the first major fund raising campaign for the YMCA since the Y conducted its debt reduction campaign back in 1999 to eliminate a long term building debt.  Since that debt was eliminated, the YMCA has maintained operations of its North Branch in Celina, its South Branch in the Minster/New Bremen area, the Y’s New Bremen Learning Center, and more recently, adding the Life Enrichment Center at Otterbein St. Marys.

It’s been more than 9 years since our “Y” has raised any significant capital improvement funds.  During those 9 years our membership has grown, our programs and services have increased, and our community partnerships have expanded. With this growth comes the need to update our facilities and equipment.  The funds raised from this campaign will be used to make much needed improvements to YMCA facilities and equipment.  Also included in these improvements will be some renovations at both the North and South Branch locations. 

We will be putting these dollars to immediate use to upgrade and replace worn and outdated equipment, improve the appearance of and expand some areas of our facilities, reduce our line of credit, and strengthen our deferred maintenance programs says Scott Frey, Board President and Campaign Chairman.  “We need the support of the communities we serve to help us build a better, stronger “Y’ for the communities of Auglaize and Mercer Counties”.

YMCA Capital Improvement Needs

North Branch – Renovate locker rooms, new carpet throughout the facility, new outside signage, replace selected HVAC units, wellness center renovation and expansion, heavy divider curtains for gyms, renovate lobby area, replace fitness/exercise equipment, and more.

South Branch – Locker room renovation, new outside signage, heavy divider curtain for gym, new carpet throughout facility, renovate lobby area, replace selected HVAC units, swimming pool starting blocks, wellness center addition, multi-purpose room addition, replace fitness/exercise equipment, and more.

New Bremen Learning Center – New van/bus, additional playground equipment, books & learning materials, new indoor play equipment, new baby beds, new changing tables, new cribs/playpens, computers to support learning.

THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST.  There is more to be done!  This list however, gives you an idea of how the dollars will be used.

“Sustaining Our Mission”

The YMCA’s Annual Campaign

Dear Friends,

The Auglaize/Mercer Counties Family YMCA is something very special. We’ve been committed to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities for over 25 years. We do this through providing programs and services that reflect the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Your help is needed now more than ever. Annual contributions, which equal 10% of the Y’s budget, are needed to help keep Y programs strong and affordable. In addition, the “Sustaining Our Mission” annual campaign will insure that financial assistance is available to needy families and individuals so that no one is denied participation in any YMCA program due to a lack of ability to pay.

Would you please consider supporting the efforts of our volunteers with your gift to the YMCA’s “Sustaining Our Mission” Campaign? You can even designate where you want your dollars to go. Your financial support could make all the difference and get us to our goal. Help the Auglaize/Mercer Counties Family YMCA build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community!
The Sustaining Our Mission Campaign Committee
Auglaize/Mercer Counties YMCA
Sustaining Our Mission Campaign


The YMCA needs you now… and in to the future. The YMCA has been providing programs and services to the Auglaize and Mercer Counties are since 1983. If we are to continue to build on this proud tradition, we must have future funding to insure that the YMCA will be able to meet the challenge of providing additional programs and services as well as maintaining our facilities and equipment.  The YMCA’s Heritage Club is an Endowment Program which enables individuals to get allowable tax savings and other benefits through a variety of current and deferred gift endowment plans, outright gifts of cash or securities, trusts, insurance policies, a bequest in one’s will or through other considerations you feel are appropriate. Future generations are depending on your support.