LINCOLN COUNTY – A meeting was held last week between representatives of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Aaron Allen, branch board chairs of Lincoln County and Sally’s YMCAs to discuss the two facilities in Lincoln County, with a specific focus on Allen’s concerns outlined in a widely circulated email referencing possibilities the YMCAs were being acquired by other organizations.
Through those discussions, It was jointly agreed to assemble a community task force, including relevant stakeholders, with the intent to have an agreed-upon direction by the end of this year. In parallel, the two branches in Lincoln County will work to put initiatives in place to gauge and increase the level of long-term community support for the YMCAs in Denver and Lincolnton.
Task force members plan to work with each other, along with other community partners, to come up with the best solution for the citizens, families and children of Lincoln County, according to an email received from Heather Briganti, vice president of communications and public relations at YMCA of Greater Charlotte.
Further, according to the email, the YMCA is committed to thinking innovatively about the best ways to serve the communities we’re in, including evolving service based on community needs and/or working in collaboration with community partners.
While the task force work is underway, YMCA operations and services will continue as normal. The YMCA, Briganti said in the email, is committed to delivering relevant programs and services consistent with its mission in both branches in whatever solution is reached by the task force.