YMCA executive director Amy Schulte says they have not quite reached their goal to fulfill their monetary needs for Phase 1 of the new Washington Y project, but a $10,000 donation from Marshall’s sure did help.
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the company presented Schulte with a check as part of the money they pledged at the beginning of the project. Originally, they planned to give the money in increments spread out over several months but decided to just give it in a lump sum instead.
“Marshall’s has been a business that’s been here in town since 1954,” said store co-owner Mike Driscoll. “We’ve always made attempts to give back to community projects.”
Schulte said getting the check was both a surprise and a heartwarming feeling to know other local businesses are trying to help the community grow.
“The biggest thing for me is having the support from our neighbors and local businesses,” she said. “The fact that we can pull together and help with creatives ways to help each other out means a lot.”
Driscoll said supporting local businesses is just the Washington way and a reputation Marshall’s has built that he wants to see continue.
“When the Y came along and wanted to build a (new) Y, we felt that it was our civic duty and wanted to give back to the community,” he said. “Recreation is a huge asset to a community this size. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community and giving back to the community for all the support they give us.”
Although it will not cover it all, this donation helps close the gap of Phase 1 on the project. Schulte said there still is about $765,000 to go before they can begin on Phase 2 but construction has already started moving. The foundation has been laid and weather permitting, sewer work will begin this winter.
They are currently monitoring the building pad for settlement, a routine inspection they have to do for the next six to eight weeks, then DeLong Construction will insulate pipes in January, weather permitting. After that, she said the schedule to restart construction in full will be mid-March as the structure itself has been ordered and will be delivered in May.
“It’s exciting to have some solid dates in the project,” she said. “We know everyone’s anxious to see the plans and designs for Phase 2 so we really want to wrap up our fundraising for Phase 1 first.”