The York Jewish Community Center welcomes everyone, but it's running out of room as membership increases.
The center, at 2000 Hollywood Drive in York Township, announced Wednesday that it is conducting a $5 million "Welcoming Everyone & Bursting at the Seams" capital campaign.
So far, more than $3.8 million has been raised during the campaign's silent phase, which started in December and concluded Tuesday, said Randy Freedman, JCC's executive director. The public campaign concludes May 31, said Janine Pflaum, the center's community development director.
The center plans to add 15,000 square feet to its facility to expand its children care and fitness areas and update its infrastructure. The center is currently 58,000 square feet, Pflaum said.
Over the past 25 years, the center has grown from 234 to 2,876 memberships. The JCC's full-day child care annually has a waiting list of more than 150 children.
Expansion and renovation plans include adding four new classrooms and a motor skills room to the child care wing, as well as three new large fitness spaces for weight lifting, exercise activities and equipment storage, and an administrative suite with two new offices and a conference room.
The main and child care parking lots also will expanded.
The JCC plans to break ground this summer for the project, though center officials have yet to secure a contractor for the work.
During the campaign announcement event, Freedman said that she and her husband have pledged $100,000 towards the campaign. Campaign co-chairs and local businessmen Tim Grumbacher and Tom Wolf — also former JCC board members — have pledged $1 million and $600,000, respectively, she added.
The JCC's board of directors have pledged almost $76,100, while the center's staff leaders are giving $17,350, Freedman said.
"We know that if we do not take steps to improve the center for our community, no one will do it for us," she said.
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