A Sumner YMCA just got closer -- by $800,000.
“We received an $800,000 grant from the Washington State capital budget, from the Youth Recreation Facilities Program,” said Michelle LaRue, communications and capital campaign manager for the YMCA. “This brings our fundraising total to $5.8 million. We are grateful for the state’s support of the Sumner YMCA project.”
The final fundraising goal is $7 million of the $15 to $20 million needed to build the facility.
Sumner's groundbreaking date is still slated for 2012 with a grand opening in 2013, but LaRue said it still hinges on the Pierce County Council approval of Sumner’s Orton Junction proposal, which will change the city’s Urban Growth Area to accommodate a new development currently outside city limits, near the Winco.
As fundraising heats up, LaRue said a YMCA team wants to set up shop in Sumner, to be closer to the project. The YMCA is currently seeking donated office space in downtown, as soon as possible.
“We’re looking for an office space that could accommodate three or more people and computer workstations. We’d also like an attached small meeting space that can accommodate up to 10 people, or access to a shared meeting space,” said LaRue.
The value of the monthly rent would be considered tax-deductible to the Sumner YMCA, said LaRue. She also said the YMCA is willing to discuss recognition opportunities with the business donating the space.
If you have office space to share and would like to help, email LaRue at email@example.com.