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Two Local YMCAs Plan to Merge

The Wilkes-Barre and Greater Pittston YMCAs Will Join Forces

The Boards of Directors and Trustees of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and the Greater Pittston YMCA voted unanimously to merge the two organizations. The merge will allow them to expand their programs and serve a larger community. Members will have access to both facilities and their programming.

Both YMCAs have served NEPA for over 100 years. They started collaborating 18 months ago and have already improved their child care, aquatics and summer camp programs. Combined, they will be able to serve over 10,000 community members.

The two organizations will operate under a single legal entity named the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA. The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, the Greater Pittston YMCA and Camp Kresge will remain open as local branches.

The merge will also help the Y pursue more corporate sponsorships and fundraising opportunities. This generosity will provide innovative programs to the most vulnerable segments of the population.

 

 

“The Boards feel strongly that this move strengthens both YMCAs to continue mission-oriented work in the locations and communities where those services are most needed – both in our current downtown locations and regional expansion,” said John Morris, President of the Board at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.

The YMCA has filed their Statement of Merger and expect to complete it in the next 30 days.

“The completion of this merger will require much more hard work by dedicated staff and volunteers. In the coming months, the Y will be adapting organizational structures, aligning our programming schedules and converting IT systems,” said Durelle Scott, President of the Board of Trustees at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.

At the end of the day, the Y’s mission will not change. They’ll still continue to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

“We are one community – and one YMCA. We do hope you will join us,” said Scott.

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