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Member Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County – On April 22, 2022, The Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA was notified of a $750,000 award from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA (YMCA) renovation. The renovation plan includes the creation of 6,000 square feet of men’s, women’s, and universal locker room space and associated amenities, allowing for improved accessibility and movement throughout the facility.

Jim Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA stated, “This project will be truly transformative for the YMCA and will enable us to better serve our community members. We are extremely grateful to Representative Eddie Day Pashinski and Senator John Yudichak for their support of this initiative.”

Much has changed since the YMCA became a community staple in the City of Wilkes-Barre in 1863, including how members and the community utilize the YMCA and its services. The remodel will address these changes and provide members with a universal locker room option - a comfortable, safe, and inclusive place where members have the option to prepare for activities or programs as a family, or individually. This facility transformation will be a reflection of the YMCA’s focus on serving and addressing the health and wellness needs of all members of the community.

The renovation is a high priority at the Wilkes-Barre location and will allow the facility to remain competitive among fitness facilities in the area. The overhaul will help attract and retain younger members who are suited to build the core of the YMCA’s future leadership, which is critical to the future of the YMCA in the downtown area.

Representative Pashinski stated, “The YMCA is a great facility for everyone, supporting healthy lifestyles for individuals and families of all ages and physical abilities. I am proud to support these outstanding improvements for all members of the community regardless of age, race, orientation, or disability.”

The Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA provides various community outreach and services focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility through five branches located in Luzerne County. The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is located downtown in the City of Wilkes-Barre, adjacent to the Wilkes University Campus. It is situated in a historic building with Wilkes University student housing occupying the upper floors.

Construction is anticipated to begin this summer, and renovations are expected to be complete by fall 2023. RACP grant funding for this project is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor.

Please send any questions or comments to Jim Thomas, CEO, at


About the Y

Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide. The Y has had a presence here locally since 1863, and now with five branches the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA extends over $800,000 in financial aid annually to community members in need.

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