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Greater Manchester YMCA outgrows name
Hal Jordan, president and CEO of the YMCA, interacts with kids from the Beech Street School at the Y's after-school program in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"We've grown far beyond the walls of greater Manchester," President and CEO Hal Jordan said Tuesday while touring the downtown Manchester location.
"It's so much more efficient than running separate Y's," Jordan said.
The umbrella organization has 25,000 members at five facilities and serves 35,000 people when counting those enrolled in child care and summer camp. The budget was nearly $12 million for the last full fiscal year, which ended last May 31.
In late 2011, the YMCA of Greater Manchester absorbed the YMCA of the Seacoast after merging with the YMCA of Strafford County in 1998.
The Strafford County location moved to a new building in January 2012.
After the merger, the combined Y organization had 395 members as of January 2012. Two years later, that had grown by 44 workers.
He said it's becoming a national trend of merging locations.
A membership for a family of four ranges from $38 to $72 a month, depending on the family's income.
The other facilities are the YMCA Allard Center in Goffstown and the YMCA of Greater Londonderry.
About 80 percent of its revenues come from membership and program fees. The rest come from contributions and grants.
He said the YMCA doesn't target the same clientele as area gyms.
Last year, the Granite YMCA provided financial help and/or free services to 18,773 people worth $1.6 million.
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