HCFYMCA, located on Sixth Avenue in Hendersonville and Y-WNC, an Association with four centers located throughout western North Carolina are both deeply rooted community organizations with strong histories in community service.
After two years of merger discussions and a Henderson County community forum, HCFYMCA and Y-WNC Boards of Directors voted to form a partnership. The two Y’s will combine their resources and operate as the YMCA of Western North Carolina, where Paul Vest will continue to serve as CEO. “This unity will enable us to be more innovative, to create and launch new programs, improve facilities, and offer more benefits to our members,” said Vest. “We will expand our base of volunteers, donors and partners, enabling us to positively impact more children and families, especially in under-served communities.”
A transition team is being formed of board members and staff from both organizations to facilitate the formal implementation of the partnership. Legal aspects should be finalized by the end of the year. “Our focus will remain on connecting with our members and the community. We will continue to strive to create extraordinary experiences that exceed your expectations,” said John Mikos, Chief Operating Officer of Y-WNC. “We have an exciting future ahead of us, and we are well positioned to make even greater contributions to the community that we serve.”
Although the official date of the union will not occur until January 1, 2012, members of either the HCFYMCA or Y-WNC will be granted full facility access effective immediately with all membership privileges, guidelines, procedures and policies being followed for the respective Y center. Please check with each center to learn more about these membership privileges and policies. The Y center membership facility access includes Corpening Memorial Y in Marion, Asheville Y in downtown Asheville, Reuter Y in South Buncombe County and the Neighborhood Y in Woodfin, and Henderson County Family YMCA in downtown Hendersonville.
There will be no discernible program or membership changes for members of either YMCA, and all future changes will be gradual and geared toward enhancing and expanding members’ experience at their local facility.