Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera has agreed to be the honorary chair for the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s HERE FOR GOOD capital campaign, which is raising funds for the renovation and expansion of the Lawrence YMCA. This expansion project will be transformational for the YMCA and for the greater Lawrence community by allowing the Y to expand services. Merrimack Valley YMCA CEO Gary Morelli says the Y is honored to have the mayor’s support.
“The Lawrence YMCA is committed to promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility within the city of Lawrence through our programs,” said Morelli. “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with the city of Lawrence to look for new ways to collaborate and better serve the community.”
As honorary chair, the mayor will attend capital campaign meetings and help raise awareness of this important project within the community.
“I am pleased to be part of this capital expansion project,” said Mayor Daniel Rivera. “The Y serves so many of our children and families every day; its success is another success for our city. This project will bring a world class facility for a world class organization that our families and community deserve and can be proud of.”
The Mayor took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 2, 2018 to celebrate the completion of the new Chaban Family Intergenerational Room, group exercise studio and welcome center/lobby. This is the latest phase in the $5.9 million expansion project, which began with the renovation of the Y’s preschool and afterschool areas. Future improvements include youth and adult locker rooms, family changing rooms, and an increased wellness center space. The project will also enliven the outdoor space surrounding the YMCA and neighboring non-profits, improving the quality of life for the community while offering a space to provide enhanced service delivery, innovation, and entrepreneurship. For more information on the project, please visit mvymca.org/lawrenceexpansion.