City Center Investment Corp. Continues Support for the Greater Valley YMCA’s Warming Station
January 28, 2021 at 2:24 PM
In 2020, City Center pledged $50,000 over 5 years for the Y’s Warming Station operation in Allentown.
[Allentown, January 28, 2021] – For the special circumstances of the 2020-2021 season, the Greater Valley YMCA, Allentown Branch relocated its Warming Station operations to the small gym. This move allows beds for more guests, as well as provides ample space for social-distancing and other CDC-informed health mandates. This new space allows for 70 beds placed farther apart based on coronavirus safety measures.
The Allentown Branch’s Warming Station provides a safe place to sleep and a dignified sense of community for neighbors in need. The Y also serves healthy, prepared meals on Tuesdays through Fridays to Warming Station guests. Services are offered daily through April 30th.
The YMCA is a cause-driven organization, with an emphasis on social responsibility and community engagement. The Warming Station initiative, which started three years ago, and this season’s expansion are possible because of contributions from partners who value the impact this resource makes for community members who value the Warming Station’s mission and impact.
City Center Investment Corp. is one of those supporters. Last year the company pledged support of $10,000 per year for five years, totaling $50,000 towards the Warming Station’s future. This commitment aligned with “Building Community” a community-engagement initiative of City Center Investment Corp., its employees, and principals. The initiative aims to revitalize downtown Allentown and its surrounding neighborhoods into a sustainable, vibrant urban community by providing financial support, in-kind donations and volunteer service.
In December, representatives from City Center, including President J.B. Reilly, toured the new Warming Station space and expressed appreciation for the important services provided through this partnership.
“We are proud to support the YMCA Warming Station again this year,” said City Center Investment Corporation President J.B. Reilly. “The YMCA is a critical partner serving our Downtown Allentown community.”
David Fagerstrom, President & CEO of the Greater Valley YMCA, shares, “J.B. Reilly and City Center have a tradition of support throughout the Lehigh Valley. The support which J.B. has so generously given through the years, both financial and through his service as a former Board Member, makes a lasting impact and allows us to provide solutions through programs and initiatives. Organizations like The Y and generous supporters like City Center improve the quality of life for people in our community as they meet the tangible needs.”
Amid a season of increased challenges for all with the pandemic, the Y team has risen to the challenge and continued and expanded services in a safe manner. The Warming Station serves a variety of people from the community from many walks of life. Many guests have jobs but are enduring a hardship and are grateful for the warm, safe space they find at the Warming Station. On the night the Warming Station opened for the season, one guest expressed, “you are a Godsend for doing this. We are so grateful for a place to be safe and inside from the cold.”
The Allentown Warming Station is located at 425 South 15th St. To help make the Allentown Warming Station sustainable for years to come, text GVYMCA to 41444 or visit gv-ymca.org/donate. Support can also be made through the purchase of items from the Warming Station’s Amazon Wish List via gv-ymca.org/community.
About the Greater Valley YMCA
The Greater Valley YMCA is a volunteer-led, nonprofit, community organization. The Y is committed to strengthening community by positively changing lives every day. At each of our Branches, we concentrate our efforts in three areas: Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. The Greater Valley YMCA serves the Lehigh Valley and consists of Branches in Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton, Nazareth, and Pen Argyl. To learn more, support, or join the Y, visit gv-ymca.org.
About City Center Allentown:
City Center Allentown is a major mixed-use development that is helping transform downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, into one of America’s most vibrant urban communities and a regional center of excellence for business, culture and city living. With Allentown’s new arena, PPL Center, at its core, City Center includes 3 million square feet among five Class A office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, eight residential communities, upscale retail and restaurant space and a coworking space called Velocity. City Center’s total investment in downtown Allentown is nearly $800 million, with another $138 million in the planning stages. In 2017, the Downtown Allentown Revitalization District was honored with a Global Award of Excellence by the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
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