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Springfield, IL — In 2020, the YMCA of Springfield and the Lincoln Area YMCA entered into a management agreement which offered leadership and operational support to the Lincoln Area Y.

The goal of the agreement was to strengthen the communities of both Ys, while enhancing the Ys services and programs now and into the future.

The YMCA of Springfield and the Lincoln Area YMCA have now merged their operations.

The leadership from the two organizations have been working together to create a seamless transition that will allow for YMCA programs and services to expand in the city of Lincoln and its neighboring communities.

Officials of the two groups said the merger benefits both organizations through the combining of staff, volunteers, facilities, and resources which will enhance the Ys ability to respond to each community’s pressing needs.

YMCA of Springfield Chief Executive Officer Angie Sowle said she is happy with the new agreement.

 “We are excited to see all the work come to fruition for our communities. Both associations have strong reputations, a solid membership base and great staff. We look forward to seeing what value we can add to our memberships and how we can strengthen our communities by combining forces,” Sowle said.

In early October, Lincoln staff moved from the storefront on Broadway Street to the Youth Activity Center at 719 Wyatt Ave.

With help from the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, updates and improvements have been made to the building. Memberships will be sold and will provide members access to new fitness equipment, weights, and the gymnasium. A grand opening of this building will take place later this year.

The YMCA and Lincoln Memorial Hospital continue to move forward with the “Advance the Mission” capital campaign with the intention to build a new YMCA in the future.

Dolan Dalpoas, YMCA board member and Lincoln Memorial Hospital president and chief executive officer, said he too is happy to join forces with Springfield.

Photos:Tour of Springfield’s new Downtown YMCA

“Whether the Y is providing affordable after school care, teaching kids a new skill, or providing a place for residents to feel welcomed and engaged, I continue to be amazed by the impact this organization has had on our community. Because of this, we will continue to work towards our goal of opening a full-facility YMCA in this community,” Dalpoas said.