DAYTON — The Dayton Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant, made possible by the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund, to the YMCA of Greater Dayton toward its $2.5 million REACH Center capital campaign.
The collaborative project between the YMCA of Greater Dayton, Central State University, City of Xenia, Clark State Community College, Kettering Health Network and the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center (XARSC) is set to transform the Xenia YMCA into a new shared-use facility in Greene County.
It will serve as a one-stop shop for addressing the community’s educational, healthcare and workforce needs.
“We are proud to support the REACH Center, which we believe will be a vital community asset for years to come,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “The Foundation’s grant and other community support will help to create a facility that will strengthen the senior population, teach kids to swim, prepare individuals for work in the healthcare field and help improve the overall health of Greene County citizens.”
Additionally, the Foundation provided initial funding in 2015 through its Nonprofit Alliance Support Program to hire Strategic Leadership Associates as an independent consultant to help the collaboration’s strategic discussions take shape.
“We couldn’t have navigated the initial negotiations or met the facility needs for each organization without the Foundation’s support through the Nonprofit Alliance Support Program,” said Dale Brunner, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Dayton. “The opportunity to build a new YMCA and combine resources with such outstanding partners in Greene County will have positive results for the community.”
The REACH Center will encompass 80,000 square feet, with separate sections for each partner’s unique functions. Traditional YMCA amenities, such as a 25-yard swimming pool and exercise rooms, are planned, as is a warm-water therapy pool for individuals suffering from arthritis and other disabilities. Clark State and Central State will partner to provide satellite educational classes, as well as access for youth participating in the College Plus early college program. With an anticipated 23 percent growth in the community’s senior adult population by 2020, XARSC will move its existing operations into the Center and provide expanded and more varied offerings. Kettering Health Network plans to build a new facility on the property, with primary care, diagnostic and rehabilitation services.
More about the Foundation’s grant to support the REACH Center project, including the partner’s perspective on the lasting impact the project will have on the Greene County and the Greater Dayton Region, is available on The Dayton Foundation’s website and in the video, Grant Helps Greene County Project REACH New Heights.