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Post Foundation Contributes $500,000 to Slate Belt YMCA Expansion

June 1, 2019 at 3:42 PM

The Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA plans to begin construction on a pool, gymnasium and childcare wing in the coming months.


[Lehigh Valley, May 30, 2019] – The Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA plans to begin construction on a heated indoor pool, gymnasium and childcare wing in 2019. The John and Margaret Post Foundation will support the Slate Belt Expansion Project with a leadership challenge grant of $500,000. The Foundation’s gift will be used as 1:1 match for community contributions, helping to raise the additional one million dollars of funding still needed for the project. The expansion’s anticipated completion is 2020. 



"We know that there is a community need for a pool, gymnasium and affordable childcare in the Slate Belt region. Thanks to the Post Foundation, we are able to take steps to ensure that the promised Y additions become a reality,” said Greater Valley YMCA President/CEO David Fagerstrom.


Rich Villone, Operations Manager of Lamtec Corporation and a representative for the Foundation shared, “The trustees of the John and Margaret Post Foundation are proud to support the expansion of the Slate Belt YMCA. Being part of the Mt. Bethel and Slate Belt communities has been fantastic for Lamtec and Custom Laminating Corporations.  We look forward to the continued success of the Y and hope the community will join in to raise the additional funding needed for the project.”


As the project moves forward, the YMCA will host a public groundbreaking ceremony, as well as a grand re-opening / ribbon cutting to highlight the new pool, gymnasium, and childcare wing. The Y’s Slate Belt Canvassing Committee is currently working to secure the rest of the necessary funding; pledging and naming opportunities are available now.


To learn more about the Slate Belt Expansion Project, stop into the Branch to see the blueprints or give us a call at 610-438-6065.  To donate, contact David Fagerstrom at


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