"According to our general contractor, various construction materials have recently increased in cost," Brown said. "For example, the cost of structural steel has increased by over 20 percent, and we estimate this increase alone will add approximately $200,000 to our overall construction costs. This means that we still face a significant fundraising challenge, and we are asking our campaign volunteers to redouble their efforts in the weeks ahead.
The local Y is asking interested individuals and businesses that have not already contributed to the capital campaign to help the organization complete its current campaign on a successful note
"While we have not yet received final construction bids, we know that additional funds will be required if we are to build and equip the kind of facility our community desires," Brown said.
"In the next few weeks, we will be using direct mail and personal contacts to ensure that all Monett area residents have an opportunity to participate in the capital campaign," Brown continued. "We have already had a generous response from many donors, but we need to sustain our momentum and attract more donors if we are to put this campaign over the top."
The new YMCA facility will be located at Monett's South Park and will provide ready access to existing outdoor green space, walking trails, tennis courts, soccer fields, an outdoor swimming pool, picnic shelters and playground areas. The South Park location provides a site accessible both to pedestrians and bicycle riders through Monett's Greenway Trail system.
The YMCA offers a wide range of programs for people of all ages in an effort to strengthen families, promote better health and encourage values and behavior consistent with Christian principles. No one is denied access to Y programs or facilities for financial reasons. During the past fiscal year, the Monett Area YMCA awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to needy individuals and their families.
To learn more about contributing to the YMCA capital campaign, contact Brown at 235-8213 or visit www.yourmonettymca.org.