Falmouth Wants a Y!

 This is our first e-newsletter designed specifically for Falmouth Wants a Y supporters. We are thrilled to have you on our list of friends and hope you enjoy these periodic updates. We welcome your feedback at all times.

A Little Background
In 2011, a handful of Falmouth residents approached YMCA Cape Cod about bringing a Y to the Upper Cape. We responded by doing some initial research. Here's what we learned:
  • Community needs match up well with the Y's mission: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility (yes, we are more than a gym and swim!)
  • There is significant support for building a facility with a pool
  • Strong interest exists for a safe community center where youth, families, adults and seniors can connect
  • We are encouraged to collaborate, partner, and convene with schools, other non-profits and community organizations to complement and enhance services where there are identified gaps as opposed to competing or duplicating efforts.
What We've Done So Far
  • Community Leader Survey (50 one to one interviews)
  • Community Discussion Groups (Eight targeted focus groups with 75 participants)
  • Community Leaders Forum (35 key stakeholders gathered to learn more about YMCA mission and programs)
  • A partnership with North Falmouth Congregational Church to bring affordable early childhood care services
  • Collaborating with Falmouth Service Center to bring Diabetes Education and Prevention services to the Upper Cape.
  • We now have about 1200 community volunteers and supporters!
Before we can proceed... 
 The informal outreach so far points to favorable conditions for supporting a YMCA in Falmouth, but to be sure before shovels are put in the ground, professional studies need to be done NOW to gather statistically valid data about the feasibility of moving forward. We can only complete these studies with the assistance of generous donations from people like you. Here's what we need to do and what it will cost:
  • Market Feasibility Study - $25,000
    • 600 phone interviews to test programs, services and price points
    • Feedback will inform a business pro forma
  • Fundraising Feasibility Study - $35,000
    • Tests the donor market (are there enough current and prospective donors to support moving forward with a capital campaign
  • Schematic Facility Plans - $35,000
    • The data from the market feasibility study drives what the facility will look like in terms of size and features. Facility plans will in turn begin to turn vision of possibility into vision of reality for prospective members

Can You Help?  
Let's be honest. Feasibility studies are not as thrilling as groundbreakings, buildings and filling the pool! But, these studies are the responsible next step before moving forward and we can only do it with assistance from the community. If you're sold on the idea of a Y in Falmouth and want to help now, please do so by contacting PJ Richardson at YMCA Cape Cod at 508-362-6500 or e-mail PJ Richardson.

A member of our steering committee may be reaching out to you soon to answer any questions and ask for your assistance. Thanks in advance for your generosity and for investing in the future of Falmouth Wants a Y! Feel free to reach out to either of our wonderful co-chairs at any time.

Serena LoPiccolo-Smith
Steve Clay 
  • Other hard-working committee members are:
    • Laura Lincoln
    • Andrew Borgese
    • Jane Murphy
    • Maryann Piccirilli
    • Joanne Treistman
    • Marie Younger-Blackburn
    • Janice Kinder

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