Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, Atmos Energy President David Gates, Marney Dees, Chairman of the Board Greenville YMCA, Bob Williams, President of the Greenville YMCA

The Board of Directors and leadership of the Hodding Carter Memorial YMCA recently announced the receipt of a major $20,000 gift donation from Atmos Energy.

A major renovation to the Y was set back by a fire in December of 2015 that caused almost a quarter-million dollars in damages not covered by insurance. Atmos Energy is stepping up to close that gap by donating $20,000 and urging other businesses in Greenville to do the same.

The YMCA mission is to “put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” According to Bob Williams, CEO of the Hodding Carter Memorial YMCA, “we believe that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, no matter what their background or income. The Y unites with others to bring out the best in people with activities within our three focus areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

David Gates, President of the MS Division of Atmos Energy, stated “Atmos Energy gives back to our communities. We live and work here and we want to see our communities thrive. The Greenville YMCA is a pillar of this community and has been for more than 100 years. It literally serves everyone here. This donation will help ensure that the YMCA will be able to move forwad with its plans to grow and expand in Greenville. I also urge other members of the business community to join Atmos Energy in supporting this effort.”

In January of 2015, the Y initiated a capital campaign, Building Bridges Together, raising $500,000 to expand, enhance and renovate facilities to more effectively and efficiently serve the Washington County community. This initial amount allowed the Y to complete Phase 1, the renovations to the existing pool, in March, 2016, utilizing a portion of this total dollar amount. “It was a wonderful way to celebrate spring,” commented Williams. “These renovations and enhancements to our pool were wonderful additions to our facility and as membership numbers grew through the summer months, it was obvious that our Y was having a positive impact on residents in our community through the work we completed through Phase 1.”

Due to a devastating fire that struck the Y facility on December 11, 2015, the celebration of completing Phase 1 was tainted with challenges of unanticipated renovation and reconstruction that needed to occur to bring the Y back to its full capability. Due to costs not covered by insurance, the Y is going to have to absorb an additional $250,000 in unplanned expenses related to the long-term recovery from this unforeseen event. That amount has been added to the capital campaign goal for Phase 2, bringing our total Phase 2 goal to $490,000.

Renovation and construction projects began at the Y in October 2016 and several phases will take place with the complete renovation scheduled for completion in March 2017. “We are exceedingly grateful for this commitment from Atmos Energy and guarantee our community that these dollars will be put to the best use in getting our Y functioning at full capacity, allowing us to serve our members and our entire community in a greater way.”