Funding needed to build a children’s development center at the Upstate YMCA

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The YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville plans to build a children’s development center at its Powdersville site. The Wilson Child Development Center will be built on the property of the Powdersville YMCA. “For years, we have been very strong in the development of school-aged youth,” said Alida Gardiner, director of mission advancement. “But, the reality is that a lot of a child’s growth and development happens in those first 3-5 years of life and so for us, this is a huge opportunity for us to step in. and to really help shape the future of our community.” Gardiner said the center will be a place of learning and development for children. It will also offer support for parents as well as pregnant women, according to Gardiner. “We realize the Y can’t build and shape these kids on our own,” Gardiner said. “We want to partner with families and guardians and help them grow and develop the children.” Before turning that vision into reality, Gardiner said more funding is needed. So far, she said they have raised $1.9 million of the $3 million needed. Part of the money raised came from an auction held last year. Longtime YMCA supporter Jimmy Wilson has auctioned off dozens of his vintage tractors. The new center is named after Wilson. “This auction really set everything in motion,” Gardiner said. “Until then it was a pipe dream to some extent. We saw the need in the community and we knew this is where we wanted to go but the ability for us financially to make it happen, we really had nothing. Then the tractor auction really set the stage for it to grow and get us closer to where we need to be.” Once built, Gardiner said the center will make a difference to hundreds of children every year.” When you think about the impact not only on these children but also on the families, I think this center can truly impact thousands of lives over the past 10 to next 15. Easley, Pickens and Powdersville website.

The YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville plans to build a children’s development center at its Powdersville site.

The Wilson Child Development Center will be built on the property of the Powdersville YMCA.

“For years, we have been very strong in the development of school-aged youth,” said Alida Gardiner, director of mission advancement. “But, the reality is that a lot of a child’s growth and development happens in those first 3-5 years of life and so for us, this is a huge opportunity for us to step in. and to really help shape the future of our community.”

Gardiner said the center will be a place of learning and development for children. It will also offer support for parents as well as pregnant women, according to Gardiner.

“We realize the Y can’t build and shape these kids on our own,” Gardiner said. “We want to partner with families and guardians and help them grow and develop the children.”

Before turning that vision into reality, Gardiner said more funding is needed.

So far, she said they have raised $1.9 million of the $3 million needed. Part of the money raised came from an auction held last year. Longtime YMCA supporter Jimmy Wilson has auctioned off dozens of his vintage tractors. The new center is named after Wilson.

“This auction really set everything in motion,” Gardiner said. “Until then it was a pipe dream to some extent. We saw the need in the community and we knew this is where we wanted to go but the ability for us financially to make it happen, we really had nothing. Then the tractor auction really set the stage for it to grow and get us closer to where we need to be.

Once built, Gardiner said the center would make a difference for hundreds of children every year.

“When you think about the impact not only on these children but also on the families, I think this center can really impact thousands of lives over the next 10 to 15 years.”

To donate to the new Child Development Center, visit the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville website.

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