As a community, great things happen when we work together.
As our community has grown, so have its needs. For the past twelve years, our Y has been undergoing a capital expansion project to enhance the services we provide and create new, improved opportunities so that we can have an even greater impact on our community. Due to many generous gifts from members of our Y community, the Y is now in a position to fast track the completion of its expansion project by the fall of 2017.
As wellness-based organizations whose missions closely align, the Sanford-Springvale YMCA and Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) are very excited to announce a new, strategic partnership in which SMHC will lease 4,700 square feet of the Y's existing facility to expand its Sports Performance Program at that site. As a "final push" to get to the finish line after years of support from our Y family, revenue generated by the lease contract will be used to assist with completion of the Y's expansion project.
"Working together strengthens our community," stated Andy Orazio, CEO of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA. "We would like to thank all of our generous Y donors for their contributions over the last twelve years. Regarding our new strategic relationship with SMHC, we believe the resources, expertise, and specialized skills of both organizations will create separate opportunities that support our shared commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being."
With our newly expanded facility, the Y will be able to significantly enhance its focus of being a community gathering place for all ages. We will be able to provide new means for families to strengthen important bonds, connect seniors to health and community, and further enrich the development of our youth by augmenting the Y's services for teens and children and increasing preschool enrollment. The expansion space will also include a new community center to foster the potential of all, and additional wellness spaces to empower people to be healthier in body, mind, and spirit.
The adjacent SMHC Sports Performance Center specializes in providing athletes with supervised and customized programs designed to prevent injuries, optimize physical performance and maximize recovery from injury. SMHC's Sports Performance Center staff is already providing athletic training at Sanford High School and their new location will give local athletes of all ages the opportunity to receive training and treatment closer to home.
Working together with a collaborative spirit we look forward to taking the lead in creating new and improved opportunities and a bright future for Sanford and the surrounding communities.