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Waste Management Contributes $10,000 to Slate Belt YMCA Expansion

December 10, 2019 at 10:13 AM

Full Facility YMCA coming to the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA in 2020


[Pen Argyl, December 10, 2019] – The Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA will expand to a full YMCA facility in 2020.  The Y’s expansion will include a heated indoor pool, gymnasium and preschool childcare wing.  The Y’s land development is currently underway, with most of the construction occurring in spring of 2020.


David Fagerstrom, President and CEO of the Greater Valley YMCA shares, “This is an exciting moment for our community. It took patience and years of persistence, but I’m proud to see this full-facility expansion come to fruition. We are grateful for the Y’s relationship with Waste Management and look forward to better serving the Slate Belt Community in the future.”


The facility addition will allow the Y to serve more individuals through life-saving swim lessons, teens through the 7th Grade Initiative program, seniors through activities combating isolation, and children through education for their futures.


Adrienne Fors, Waste Management Community Relations Manager, added, “Our Grand Central team members are looking forward to utilizing the amenities that the expansion will soon include. We feel as passionate as the YMCA does about healthy lifestyles and feel that the amenities will be a nice addition to the Slate Belt.”


The Y’s Slate Belt Canvassing Committee is currently working to secure the rest of the necessary funding; pledging and naming opportunities are still available now.  Once the project is completed, the YMCA will host a public grand re-opening / ribbon cutting to highlight the upgraded facility. 


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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