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River Crossing YMCA: From the Desk of Zane Moore

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June 27, 2024
Below is a copy of the email sent to YMCA members and program participants on Thursday, June 27, 2024

 

Dear YMCA Members and Friends,  

I hope this email finds you and your family well and enjoying the start of summer. I am reaching out to share some news - the boards of Greater Valley YMCA and YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties have voted to become one YMCA. Beginning July 1, 2024, our two Ys will be the newly named River Crossing YMCA. 

River Crossing YMCA is now a

•  $55+ million organization
•  Over 2,000 employees
•  142,000 members and participants
•  12 membership branches
•  $12 million in community impact
•  $10 million in annual fundraising and grants

Members and participants across River Crossing YMCA have access to all branches and programs, including Y Wellness 24/7, our online one-stop platform for health and wellness at home or on the go, and the free, donor-supported, specialized YMCA Pathway programs. As our work together progresses, so will the expansion of benefits and opportunities for our members.

Our volunteer leaders and staff are committed to building upon the excellence of over 100 years of service to the community. With membership locations and child care centers throughout our service area, the Y is here to serve you and your family with a richer YMCA experience. This includes a greater variety of programs and services, as well as the ability to leverage the strengths of each organization to make an even bigger impact in our communities. Learn more about how we are stronger together by reading our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), found below.

If you have any questions not answered in our FAQ, please refer to the FAQ for contact information of the executive director or vice president of your home branch and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I want to thank you for being such an important part of our YMCA. We are stronger together and as we continue to grow, we remain dedicated to strengthening our communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. 

Here For You,

Zane Moore
President/CEO

Beginning July 1, 2024, Greater Valley YMCA and YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties will be the newly named River Crossing YMCA. 

Learn more with our Frequently Asked Questions, found below or via this PDF

 

The official name of the combined organization is “River Crossing YMCA”.

Staff and volunteer leadership were asked to suggest new names and hundreds were suggested. River Crossing YMCA reflects our newly combined service geography, across the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, and our mission with an eye toward the future of our organization.

In Pennsylvania, River Crossing YMCA operates member branches in Doylestown, Fairless Hills, Newtown, Quakertown and Warminster in Bucks County; Bethlehem, Easton, Nazareth, and Pen Argyl (Slate Belt branch) in Northampton County; Allentown and Catasauqua (Suburban North branch) in Lehigh County; and the Deer Path branch in Flemington, NJ. 

We also operate child care centers in Morrisville, New Britain and New Hope in Bucks County, as well as the Forks
Education Center near the Easton branch in Northampton County. In New Jersey, the Y includes the Child Learning Center in Annandale and the YMCA Preschool in Milford. 

Outdoor camp properties include Camp Carr in Clinton Township, NJ and Holland Outdoor Center in Holland, PA. Summer day camps, early childhood education and school age child care take place at Y branches and schools throughout our service area.

As a member of a branch of River Crossing YMCA, you can use all of our branches as long as you utilize your “home” branch at least 50% of the time. This offers the convenience of location and provides expanded opportunities for programming. 

Additionally, as a member of River Crossing YMCA, you will be able to participate in programming at the member rate at all branch locations: Doylestown, Deer Path, Fairless Hills, Quakertown, Warminster, Newtown, Allentown (currently open for fitness and wellness classes only), Bethlehem, Easton, Nazareth, Slate Belt (Pen Argyl)
and Suburban North (Catasauqua).

Your membership and program experience will be enhanced through the coming together of the two Ys. We will leverage the talents of our staff to offer a wider variety of programming and more opportunities to engage in activities that positively impact your health and well-being. We are grateful for your involvement at our Y and look forward to continuing to help you and your family learn, grow and thrive.

We do not anticipate a membership fee increase based on the merging of Ys. Each year our staff and board evaluate and set membership fees based on the costs of operating our facilities, programs and increased value. 

As a Y, we take pride that our focus is on our local community. Each local Y will maintain its own name and unique branch feel and continue to serve the communities in which they are located. 

We have a deep appreciation for all of our donors and supporters. Donations help our YMCA deliver programs, services and impact in each of our communities. As always, charitable contributions will be used as they were intended by our donors. Donations remain critical to supporting the Y’s mission, which is needed now more than ever as many families in our community need the services the Y brings. Please continue to work with our staff and volunteers as you always have and reach out to Kate Cohen at katecohen@gv-ymca.org or Debbie Sontupe at dsontupe@ymcabhc.org with any questions.

If you have any questions not answered in our FAQ, please reach out to the branch executive or regional VP of your local branch (see contact info below) and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Bucks/Hunterdon Counties:

  • Central Bucks Region (Doylestown and Warminster branches): Danielle Cioffi, VP of Operations, dcioffi@ymcabhc.org, (215) 348-8131 ext.1157
  • Lower Bucks Region (Fairless Hills and Newtown branches): Andrew Yannarella, VP of
    Operations, ayannarella@ymcabhc.org, (267) 589-1830 x4005
  • Upper Bucks Region (Quakertown branch): Allyson Fox, VP of Operations, (215) 536-8841
    X3110
  • Hunterdon Region (Deer Path branch): Kristin Heimall, VP of Operations,
    kheimall@ymcabhc.org, (908) 782-1030 

Lehigh Valley: 

  • Allentown branch: Jodi Perry, Executive Director, jodiperry@gv-ymca.org, (610) 351-9622
  • Easton/Phillipsburg branch: Lori Metz, Executive Director, lorimetz@gv-ymca.org, (610) 258-6158
  • Bethlehem branch: Tiffany Henning, Executive Director, tiffanyhenning@gv-ymca.org, (610) 867-7588
  • Suburban North branch: Melissa Brown, Executive Director, melissabrown@gv-ymca.org, (610) 264-5221
  • Slate Belt branch: Jen DeLong, Executive Director, jendelong@gv-ymca.org, (610) 881-4470
  • Nazareth branch: Ryan Knepp, Executive Director, ryanknepp@gv-ymca.org, (610) 759-3440