Independent, mutual bank supports drive to improve Y facilities across Upper, Central and Lower Bucks County
PERKASIE, Pa. (January 31, 2019) – Penn Community Bank is pleased to announce a pledge of $250,000 over five years to YMCA of Bucks County’s “For A Better Us” campaign. Launched earlier this year, the campaign aims to raise $20 million to renovate facilities across the county, fund financial assistance, and increase free programming that serves the community.
“More people across Bucks County are using Y facilities and programs every year, which means that demand for Y programs and services is growing, too,” said Todd Hurley, Penn Community Bank Chief Relationship Officer, who serves as Chief Volunteer Officer of YMCA of Bucks County’s Lower Bucks Region Advisory Board and as a member of the Y’s county-wide association board. “Penn Community Bank is proud to support the ‘For A Better Us’ campaign that will allow the Y to help tens of thousands of Bucks County residents live more active, healthier lives.”
With five locations across Bucks County – in Fairless Hills, Warminster, Newtown, Doylestown, and Quakertown –YMCA of Bucks County provided nearly $5 million in community benefit in 2018. The Y serves the community through financial assistance and impact programs such as free memberships for 7th graders, a fitness program for cancer survivors, a lifestyle program for adults with pre-diabetes, a 12-week program to help veterans improve their health and fitness, free swim safety lessons for qualifying second graders, and more.
The “For a Better Us” campaign will allow the Y to expand programs like these countywide and to finance two major capital projects at the Doylestown and Fairless Hills locations. In Doylestown, an 11,000-square foot improvement project will include an expanded fitness center, added program space, and universal, private locker rooms, which will allow the Y to better meet the needs of diverse populations. In Fairless Hills, the facility will be reconfigured within its current footprint to give the building a new look and to allow for an expanded fitness center and locker rooms, additional program space, a community gathering area, and more parking.
“The support from organizations such as Penn Community Bank early in this fundraising campaign has been instrumental to our successful launch of this effort,” said Fred Schea, Chairman of the ‘For A Better Us’ campaign and former CEO of First Savings Bank of Perkasie. “This pledge enables us to build a better Y for all of the communities we serve.”
Central Bucks Family YMCA, Lower Bucks Family YMCA and Upper Bucks YMCA recently finalized a merger into one organization under the new name, YMCA of Bucks County. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA has been bringing together people in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation for more than 160 years.
About YMCA of Bucks County: YMCA of Bucks County is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Annually, the Y serves nearly 50,000 members and participants at its four member branches, four youth development centers, and nine camp locations across Central and Lower Bucks County. YMCA of Bucks County expects to provide nearly $5 million of community impact in the form of financial assistance to individuals and families in need and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and more. To learn more visit ymcabucks.org.
About Penn Community Bank: Penn Community Bank holds more than $2 billion in assets, employs more than 300 people, and offers banking, lending, insurance and investments at 25 bank branches and two administrative centers throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties, Pennsylvania. As an independent, mutual financial institution, Penn Community Bank is not publicly traded and operates with its long-term mission in mind: to help businesses grow and prosper, to provide financial resources to individuals and families throughout their lifetimes, to strengthen the local economy, and to partner with local organizations to act as a catalyst for positive growth in every market it serves