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It is hard to believe more than five years have passed since the Northern Lights YMCA-Dickinson Center opened its doors to the greater Dickinson community. Since that time, the old Crystal Lake Community Center has been transformed into a place where the community gathers, and kids, adults, families and seniors embrace personal wellness. We’ve become the Northern Lights YMCA – Dickinson Center, a cornerstone in our community.

Over the past five years, we have achieved so many important successes, including:

  • achieving more than $801,495 in fundraising support from the Founders Campaign, Annual Campaign and special event fundraisers;
  • becoming 2,717 members strong, up from 122 members pre-YMCA;
  • collecting 68,937 captured member visits to the facility in 2015;
  • organizing 71 individual programming opportunities encompassing aquatics, fitness and youth;
  • providing 539 individuals and families with financial assistance toward a healthy lifestyle;
  • giving $117,987 as an annual return on investment to the community through financial assistance opportunities, donated memberships and discounted facility rental;
  • collaborating in partnerships with dozens of local organizations including; Dickinson County Healthcare System, Bay College, Back in Motion, P.T., Kingsford High School Swim Team, UPCAP, DICSA, Family Ties Adult Day Center, the Great Start Collaborative, numerous local businesses and area school districts, and so many more.

Recently, on December 31, 2015, the Dickinson Center YMCA entered into a binding contract with the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners, which extended our collaborative lease through November 10, 2018, and provides the option to purchase the Crystal Lake Community Center for $1.

The time is now. At the YMCA, we are prepared to embrace our future and ensure that we are able to serve our community for the long-term future. We are preparing to launch our Capital Campaign, designed to transform our existing facility into an efficient and modern YMCA facility that will meet our mission of ensuring that all in the community are welcome. We believe everyone has the power to make their lives and community better, and we open our doors to all. For a better community. For a better us.

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Our Preparations to Date

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As our Capital Campaign gains momentum, we’ll be reaching out to you, our community, to help us achieve the goal that you’ve commissioned us to accomplish. The fundraising portion of this project will be our primary focus through the remainder of 2016, and through 2017, with the construction expected to begin sometime in 2018. To date, we’ve worked locally with architects, contractors, and consultants to ensure that we’re moving forward prudently and with good judgment. We’ve established what we believe are accurate cost analyses, with a vision of the best path forward to secure a good outcome. To quote Mike Fornetti, NLYMCA Past Board President, and Katie Maxon, NLYMCA Incoming Board President: “We are like ducks on the surface of a lake. There may not be much activity visible on the surface of the water, but there is a lot is going on beneath the surface. We have design goals to create a bright, modern, safe, energy efficient, and sustainable facility”.

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Campaign Update, April 2016

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“There are very few places that serve the whole lifetime of an individual. The YMCA is one of those places. That is why it’s crucial that it is a safe, warm, welcoming place for all of our members, but especially our most vulnerable. Safe for our youngest members, accessible for our Senior and special need members, and fun for families and everyone in-between!”

Jonathan Ringel – Center Director

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Campaign Leadership Cabinet

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This dedicated group of local community leaders will guide the direction and progress of our Capital Development project:

  • John Jamar – Chair Person 
  • Mike Fornetti – Project Director 
  • David Brule II 
  • Stephanie Brule 
  • Dr. Ted Fornetti 
  • Katie Maxon 
  • Bruce Varda 
  • Steve Verrette 
  • Dr. Alexis Whaley

Thank you to these committed members of our YMCA Family for providing their vision and giving of their time and resources to further the mission of the Northern Lights YMCA – Dickinson Center.

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Support of Local Businesses

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Local business owners and managers have endorsed the YMCA as a critical organization that helps their businesses and our area as a whole, attract, recruit and retain talented employees and their families to our community. They have supported our promotion of healthy lifestyles and social responsibility.

  • David Brule, Sr. , Northern Star Industries
  • David Brule II, BOSS Snowplow
  • Gary Benjamin, Champion, Inc. 
  • Wendy Warmuth, D.I.I.S.D
  • John Schon, D.C.H.S.
  • Tamara Juul, D.A.C.F.
  • Linda Plumley, Leeds Real Estate
  • Greg Stewart, Stewart Manuf., LLC
  • William Verrette, Champion, Inc.
  • Jim Ebli, Gundlach Champion
  • John Fortier, BACCO Construction Co.
  • John Jamar, CCI Systems, Inc.

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