DEAR Y FRIENDS

Dear Y Friends:

As many are aware, the Family YMCA at Tarrytown’s main operations have been housed at 62 Main Street for over 100 years.  The staff and Board of Directors continue to work hard to provide our community with the facilities and services it deserves.  After several years of research and a capital needs assessment, it was determined that additional renovations to this aging facility are simply not feasible and last July, the Board of Directors made the hard but necessary decision and announced a new direction for our Y.  RM Friedland, a highly regarded real estate management firm, was hired to explore  options for the redevelopment of the property.  

At the onset the Y wanted a development that would be good for the community. Additionally, we wanted to select a developer that would help us take care of our residents, many of whom have lived at the Y for more than 10 years.  After a thorough search, we settled on Wilder Balter Partners, Inc, a local leading residential real estate development firm located in Westchester County with extensive experience in affordable housing. The actual sale is pending, but there are many factors that can delay the process, including the Covid crisis. The sale process will take several more months.

Meanwhile, we are moving forward with planning for the future Y. Our board has created an Advisory Task Force of community leaders (both Y-members and non-Y members) to help us develop a strategic relocation plan for the future of our Y.

As we plan for our future, we remain faithful to our mission. The Y Board of Directors and Staff remains committed to helping those in need just as we have since 1903, during both good times and bad. Currently, we are providing much-needed childcare for families in our community as well as children of first responders and other medical and essential workers, many of whom do not have the resources for childcare fees.  We have been providing necessary support to all of our residents and subsidizing over half of them who are currently unable to pay their rent. We continue to connect with our seniors and our most needy members with wellness calls, and are offering virtual fitness opportunities via Zoom to our members.  Additionally, we are refining policies and procedures to reopen our fitness center and pool safely once we receive approval from the state and county.

As many of our supporters know, the Y has never turned anyone away based on their ability to pay. During the last two years we gave out over $800,000 in aid to the families we serve.  We rely on member and community support and ask that you consider making either a one-time donation or become a sustaining member.  To donate contact Lesa Dalton, Associate Executive Director, at lesad@ymcatarrytown.org or go to our website www.ymcatarrytown.org

We look forward to a bright future for our Y and our ability to be a part of this community, our home since 1903.