GREENSBORO, NC August 23rd, 2016 – The Eden Family YMCA and the YMCA of Greensboro are pleased to announce that the Boards of Directors for both organizations have voted unanimously for the Eden YMCA to formally join the YMCA of Greensboro, effective January 1, 2017. With the addition of Eden, the YMCA of Greensboro will have eight facilities serving the communities of Greensboro, Jamestown, Stoney Creek, and all of Rockingham County, including Eden, Reidsville, Madison and Mayodan, NC. The YMCA of Greensboro also operates YMCA Camp Weaver located in Southeast Greensboro.
This announcement is the result of nearly two years of analysis and planning. In January 2015, the Eden YMCA entered into a one-year management agreement with the YMCA of Greensboro to provide executive management for the Eden and Western Rockingham County YMCA facilities. At the same time, a leadership task force composed of members from each of the respective Boards of Directors began a more in-depth review. Members of the task force on behalf of Eden were: Thomas “Tommy” Davis, Board Chair; Jim Burnette, Grayson Whitt and Rodney Shotwell. James “Smitty” Smith, Current Board Chair; Candace Cummings, Former Board Chair; James Mitchell IV, Phil Barnhill and Greg Jones, President/CEO represented YMCA of Greensboro. This task force remained in place for the duration of the agreement, which was was extended in December of 2015 for an additional twelve month period.
Based on the success of the management agreement and the projected efficiencies and other benefits to both YMCA organizations and the communities they serve, the Boards of Directors of both organizations voted unanimously to permanently join the two entities. The Eden YMCA Board held its vote on August, 18, 2016 and the Greensboro YMCA Board followed suit on August 23, 2016.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Eden and Western Rockingham County Express YMCA locations into the YMCA of Greensboro family,” stated James “Smitty” Smith, Board Chair of the YMCA of Greensboro. “We entered into this process with the goal of determining how the YMCA could best serve Eden and the surrounding community. Having the Eden YMCA as part of YMCA of Greensboro will elevate our impact in all of the communities we serve, especially those in Rockingham County.”
Peter “Pete” Baker, who has served as the Eden Family Y Executive Director since January 2015 as part of the management agreement, will continue in his role providing leadership and oversight to the two facilities that currently make up the Eden Y.
“This is an incredible opportunity to strengthen our impact in Eden, as well as in all of Western Rockingham County, and advance our cause of strengthening the community,” said Thomas “Tommy” Davis, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Eden Family YMCA. “By combining our resources and traditions, we will be able to more effectively address critical community needs in our focus areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We will also be able to offer an enhanced membership experience to our current and future members.”
In the coming months, the combined association will announce new member benefits and programming. Answers to frequently asked questions about this announcement can be found at www.ymcagreensboro.org/Eden-FAQ.
About the YMCA of Greensboro
The YMCA of Greensboro was founded in 1889 with a mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Through its eight branches and YMCA Camp Weaver, the YMCA of Greensboro is strengthening the foundations of our community by offering a warm and friendly environment where people of all ages, races, faiths, beliefs, and physical and financial abilities participate in worthwhile programs and meaningful experiences that make a positive difference in their lives. For more information on the YMCA of Greensboro, please visit www.ymcagreensboro.org