PERKASIE — Penn Community Bank has announced 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 countywide 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 seventh-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 and free swim safety lessons for qualifying second graders.

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.”

The Central Bucks Family YMCA, the Lower Bucks Family YMCA and the Upper Bucks YMCA recently finalized a merger into one organization under the new name, YMCA of Bucks County. 

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