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May 18, 2022
West Suburban YMCA Gets $3M Donation, Its Largest Ever
West Suburban YMCA

March 20, 2022 — The West Suburban YMCA, a Newton nonprofit that works to nurture youth and healthier living, last week announced it received a $3 million donation, the largest in its history, which will support purchase of a second location in the city.

The West Suburban YMCA said the new location, Wells Avenue, will enable it offer additional recreational facilities and opportunities for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

“Opening a second West Suburban YMCA location in Newton not only will provide an opportunity for individuals and families to participate in a range of outstanding programming, but will strengthen our community by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds,” Aaron Goldman, vice chairman of the West Suburban YMCA board of directors was quoted.

The organization said the donation came from a Newton family “for whom the Y has been central to their lives.”

In addition, MassDevelopment reportedly is issuing a tax-exempt bond on behalf of the Y to support the acquisition of the Wells Avenue property, and financing has been provided by Dedham Savings.

“The goal for the gift is to inspire others to support the Y’s mission to increase the capacity of its high-quality youth programs, in particular through basketball, to integrate social-emotional learning, mentorship and character-building for children from all communities and backgrounds,” The Globe reported.

Jack Fucci, the Y’s president and chief executive, was reported to have said that the organization is looking forward to expanding its collaboration with strategic partners that include the City of Newton, academic institutions, and health care organizations.

“Having been located for over a century in Newton Corner, the northeasterly most village in the city, we are excited to expand our mission to a second branch where our array of programs and recreational assets will be convenient and accessible to members who live throughout the city of Newton and beyond,” Fucci told The Globe.

The West Suburban YMCA has been operating in the Newton community for more than 140, according to a statement it issued to The Globe, and last year reportedly distributed nearly $500,000 in financial assistance for membership, programs, and local summer camps.

It said volunteers, and staff identified a need to provide affordable access to programs and services on the south side of Newton, and plans to open in phases beginning in the summer and have a grand opening in September.

The new branch will offer a four-lane lap pool, locker rooms, group exercise studios, both cardio and strength equipment, child watch, and multiple sport courts for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball.

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