YMCA awarded $3.5 million

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


RIVERSIDE ? Three and a half-million dollars. That is what was awarded to the YMCA of Washington County for a new Y building in the City of Washington Thursday night.

This was the last grant announced at 2018 Washington County Riverboat Foundation?s spring grant presentation at the casino.

When the amount was announced building committee member Ed Weeks yelled ?Yes, Yes!? to show his excitement about receiving the grant.

It took a few moments for this to set in with YMCA of Washington County director Amy Schulte.

?I?m very very pleasantly shocked and a little surprised,? Schulte said. ?It?s been a long road and we?re just so grateful for all the support.?

She said the Riverboat Foundation has done a lot for the county and local communities and was excited to be again considered for a grant.

At the fall 2015 grant presentation, they were awarded $3.5 million, however, they had to let that grant lapse because there was more fundraising that had to be done for the building project.

A capital campaign for the building project was revamped and has been very successful.

?This puts us at 86 percent of our fundraising goal now,? Schulte said. ?We will be at $7.9 million that we?ve currently raised, so our gap that we have to fill is about $1.2 million.?

They are in the process of applying for an Enhance Iowa grant that they hope brings in another $700,000 to the project, Schulte added.

Schulte told The Journal in April she expected to break ground at the building site located on West Fifth Street and North D Avenue this summer.

?We?re just so excited,? Schulte added.

Washington County Riverboat Foundation?s executive assistant Jim Logan said the $3.5 million will be paid out over the next seven years to them.