WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Family YMCA is still rebuilding after a fire in February that caused more than $2 million in damage.
“This obviously is a very difficult situation for our community to go through and for the YMCA to go through,” said Wilmington Family YMCA’s CEO Dick Jones.
Jones said he seems to find the bright side in a situation some would find hard to.
“It’s been wonderful for our staff, and our board, and our members to see the tremendous outpouring of support from all of the local businesses,” says Jones.
Duke’s Tire Pros is raising money to help YMCA’s rebuilding costs. Owner Tracey Duke says the Y gives so much back and they wanted show their appreciation.
“We want to give back to the community and that’s the biggest goal here is how we can give back,” said Duke. “It’s not always just taking, but a lot of giving.”
Duke’s Tire Pros is giving the Y a portion of every new tire sold until June 20th.
“We get questions like why are we fundraising and why are we trying to reach out to folks for support and it’s because we have so many people that use the y that don’t have the ability to pay for those services,” said Jones. “We want to continue out policy to make sure everyone is able to participate in Y programs and services.”
Several facilities such as O2 Fitness and the Wilmington Athletic Club have opened their doors for Y members to use for the time being, but a percentage of people have canceled their memberships.
Jones said, “15% is what we are down right now which all things considered we think that’s a pretty good number.”
Jones says he’s keeping a positive outlook even when times are tough.
The pool and gym hopes to be open by the end of may. YMCA plans to open an the Express Y shortly after.