YMCA members vote to merge Valley facilities
Three YMCA facilities in the Alle-Kiski Valley are one step closer to merging after a membership vote on Wednesday.
Members of the Allegheny Valley YMCA in Harrison and the Valley Points Family YMCA, which has locations in New Kensington and Allegheny Township, voted in favor of the merger.
Mike Newell, CEO of the Valley Points Family YMCA and Interim CEO of the Allegheny Valley YMCA, said the vote was 67-3 at Allegheny Valley and 47-3 at Valley Points.
Because the YMCA is a member organization, state law requires the membership to vote on mergers in addition to the board of directors. Both boards of directors had already unanimously approved the merger.
“I am so pleased that our membership sees the vision of our boards of directors,” Newell said. “A merger really is the best course of action for growth and the long-term viability of both organizations.”
The next step will be to submit a proposal to the state for review and approval by the attorney general.
A target date of January 1, 2019 has been set for the merger. Once it is approved by the state, the YMCAs will merge under the name Valley Points Family YMCA with the Allegheny Valley facility becoming a branch of Valley Points.
“A joint bridge committee with representatives from both boards was established to thoroughly review the prospects of long-term partnership,” said Todd Armstrong, chief volunteer officer at Valley Points. “We believe this merger will truly benefit the community at large.”
Newell has already been overseeing the Allegheny Valley YMCA as an interim director for the last two years. He sees the merger as a way to expand programming to more people in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
“We have already seen so many positive changes since entering into the management agreement with VPFYMCA,” said Laura Ford, chief volunteer officer for the Allegheny Valley. “I am excited for the road ahead as we come together as one organization.”