Upgrades planned for multiple 'Y' sites

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM EDT

The YMCA Buffalo Niagara is planning capital improvements at three city sites with a new $300,000 gift.

The gift from the John R. Oishei Foundation will enable upgrades at Y locations in Niagara Falls as well as Buffalo sites at Delaware and Ellicott-Masten.

Over a three-year period, a series of projects will see replaced fire security systems, a new pool air handling unit, new windows at two sites and a new roof in Niagara Falls.

"These are essential capital needs," says Anne Reif, financial development director, who says having the dollars to address capital projects frees up other dollars for programs and services. It also provides members and program participants with more energy efficient facilities and a safer, healthier environment, and leads to improved member and staff satisfaction.

Support for the projects came to light while the Y was soliciting supporters for its new Independent Health Family Branch, now under construction in Amherst.

"Some funders came back and said they loved the project and they get it, but they really wanted to see their dollars go into the urban branches," Reif says. "It's certainly been an opportunity to talk about the YMCA story and really be able to provide opportunities that match the priorities of the foundations."

YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves more than 100,000 people at seven branches in Erie and Niagara counties, as well as 40 community-based program sites and a resident camp.

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