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Input sought on future of YMCAs

Three YMCAs will soon merge, and board members are seeking input concerning the merger at a town hall meeting next Monday evening at the South Boston Y.

For over nine months, the board members of the YMCAs in South Boston, Chase City and Clarksville have “looked at ways to strengthen the program that they already have,” according to CEO Marcus Hargrave. 

After a unanimous vote of 29 board members, the three YMCAs have decided to merge. The facilities will remain at their current locations. 

The first of three town hall meetings was held Tuesday at the Clarksville YMCA. Another is set for Thursday at the Chase City YMCA, and on Monday at 6 p.m. at the South Boston YMCA for members to learn more about the Y’s future plans to join together as one. 

The YMCA focuses on increasing youth development and practices a family wellness initiative. 

 “We are working together to coordinate efforts and share resources to expand on our staff’s existing roles in order to provide the community with more opportunities,” Hargrave said. 

Currently, members of the YMCA have the option of purchasing a dual membership, which allows them to use all three locations. The board members are looking into doing away with this dual membership. The general membership fee will allow the same benefits as a dual membership.

The membership price is scheduled to remain the same, according to Hargrave. 

In South Boston, a family membership costs $46 a month, and an adult membership costs $31 a month. Family membership costs $35 per month, and adult membership costs $25 in Clarksville. 

The YMCAs are looking into the needs of the community to decide which programs each facility needs. 

Aerobics, Zumba and Taekwondo classes already have begun in Clarksville, and plans are to hold these classes at the Chase City YMCA also.

The Chase City YMCA is looking into ways to provide summer day camp and after school child care similar to that provided at the South Boston Y.

Everything is “still in planning stages,” according to Hargrave. 

The YMCAs plan to use their larger staff to provide new programs for the communities while still providing their existing programs, he added.