YMCAs merging to save money
By Daniel Witter/Appeal-Democrat
In an effort to save money and improve services, the Yuba-Sutter YMCA will merge with branches in Sacramento and Woodland to form YMCA of Superior California.
“It's all about efficiency and ensuring that funds and donations are focused on programs and our members, not operating costs,” stated Ron Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Sacramento YMCA and YMCA of Superior California. “We are all a part of the YMCA family, and operating together allows for more programs, services and collaborative efforts.”
The merger will bring together more than 200 employees with an annual budget of nearly $5 million.
The Yuba-Sutter office has an operating budget of $125,000 with five employees, about 500 members and 52 volunteers, according to the YMCA. The Yuba-Sutter program was founded in 1970.
No one could at the Yuba City office could be reached for comment Thursday.
Each site will operate with their existing names, oversight over programs and control of local funds contributed by donors and members.
“The local communities are better positioned to understand local needs,” Payne said. “The YMCA of Superior California is going to provide support, guidance and a cost-savings infrastructure to ensure that we keep kids and families happy and smiling. That's what the YMCA has always done. That's what we will always do.”
All three boards approved the merger and are awaiting final approval from the Secretary of State's office, Payne said.
“It's been a long process, but I think everyone will benefit,” he said.
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