SKY YMCA Family Expands to Charlotte County
SKY Family YMCA to acquire Charlotte County Family YMCA
June 20, 2017, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL—The Charlotte County Family YMCA, which includes child care centers and fitness facilities in North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, has announced that effective July 14, 2017, it will officially be acquired by the SKY Family YMCA, based in Venice, FL.
The acquisition follows a management agreement that has been in effect between the two organizations since August of 2016. The agreement was formed so the Charlotte County YMCA could reduce overhead expenses and focus more resources on programming for families and its members, as well as make physical improvements to several of its facilities.
“The move to a regional management model is a trend in the nonprofit sector because it often allows organizations to better deliver on their missions and serve their constituencies,” said Gary Butler, Regional Executive Director for the Charlotte County YMCA. “The board of directors for our Charlotte Y wisely recognized that this move would allow us to do the same. They voted to approve the management agreement, and seeing the results, they unanimously voted to move forward with the acquisition.”
Under the management agreement the Charlotte County YMCA has redirected income once allocated to administration and use it for vital improvements including hiring new, well qualified preschool teachers, expanding the capacity of two child care centers, offering better benefits to staff, and improving or updating pool equipment and tennis courts.
To allow significant expansion of youth and senior programming as well as child care services in North Port, the Charlotte County YMCA board of directors decided to close the North Port fitness center, located on Tamiami Trail, in advance of the acquisition. Fitness center members will be provided with a free three-month membership for use at any of SKY Family YMCA’s six Southwest Florida locations. In addition, full time staff will be offered positions in other locations.
According to the SKY Family YMCA’s incoming CEO, Pat Ryan, the savings that will result from closing the North Port fitness center will be vital in the SKY Family YMCA’s plans to better serve North Port’s families and seniors.
“With many working families and seniors on fixed incomes, North Port has an unmet need for services and programs at which we excel, like affordable preschool and after care, summer camps, literacy programs and health management programs,” stated Ryan. “In alignment with our mission, we are committed to expanding our footprint in North Port and filling social service gaps.”
He added that plans are already in the works to expand and improve the child care center on Sam Shapos way, which serves infants and preschoolers and offers free voluntary pre-kindergarten classes. In addition, the YMCA will continue to manage the city-owned swimming pool where swim lessons and aquatic exercise classes are offered.
The SKY Family YMCA has a track record of acquiring other YMCA locations and improving programs, facilities and services. In 2011 it acquired the Fort Myers YMCA, and later the Bonita Springs YMCA. Its umbrella also includes the Englewood YMCA. In addition to fitness and child care centers in these locations, it operates two charter middle schools, the SKY Academy, in Venice and Englewood.