Be A Lifesaver - Capital Campaign

The Challenge

The Case

The Numbers

The Impact

More Than a Pool Renovation

How You Can Help


THE LATEST as of June 9th!

$1M state grant will help save New Rochelle YMCA

Funds will pay for club’s pool renovations that will begin in 2 weeks


Previous Updates:

Democrats and Republicans Agree event raises nearly $30,000 for pool repair campaign!  Click here to see feature article in New Rochelle Daily Voice!

Watch our latest video on YouTube!


Update as of May 4, 2015

The YMCA has raised $262,000 towards our campaign!



The New Rochelle Y pool is now closed. The Y is facing a major repair.

Recently, it was discovered that the steel beams supporting the roof structure, but covered by the pool’s drop ceiling, have corroded to a point that may require full replacement. The drop ceiling - no longer permitted in pool design - trapped the moisture and hid the problem. Compounding the issue, the ventilation system was not adequate to remove the moisture.

New ceiling construction will include the replacement of the pool’s inadequate ventilation system and lighting. The welcome addition of windows in the pool area will contribute energy-saving natural light. And updated locker rooms will boost retention and acquisition of members by adding “curb appeal” to our facility. 

These improvements will position the New Rochelle YMCA to serve the region for years to come and continue providing incredibly valuable services at affordable fees.

The estimated cost to repair the pool roof and complete the roof project is estimated at 1.3 million dollars.  We need to quickly raise $400,000 in order in order to secure additional funds, including bank loans.

As all YMCA's are independently run, we do not receive funding from the National YMCA.

Those of us closely involved with the YMCA understand the impact of Y services on the quality of life for the many communities we serve, including New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, the Bronx and Pelham. Our challenge is to educate those unfamiliar with the impact of the Y and garner their emotional and financial support. Because together we can do so much more.

Now is the call to action to donate vital dollars to the Be A Lifesaver campaign.

Please click here to watch Sherrie Bell, vice-president of the New Rochelle YMCA, interviewed on the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle cable program City People Issues, with host Ina Aronow. Bell describes the sudden financial challenge involving the closing of the swimming pool and the need for a new roof and other capital expenses. She discusses the Y fundraising plan and the value of the Y to the community.


New Rochelle Case Statement

Since 1899, the New Rochelle YMCA has served New Rochelle and the surrounding towns through the use of its pool, which has allowed us to offer a wide variety of aquatic programs, teaching literally thousands of young people to swim. In 2013 alone, we offered swim lesson scholarships to low-income families. Many swim students graduate from lessons to swim competitively, qualify as lifeguards, and become instructors, giving back to the community by serving the next generation. We annually train and employ dozens of young people locally and throughout the country.  

Now, nearly 115 years since our founding, we strongly feel a responsibility to revitalize the pool to continue to serve the community.


The Numbers

Pool Capital Campaign

Number of children we’ve taught to swim since 2005 24,735
Number of children who took swim lessons in 2013 2,633
Number of babies and toddlers (6 months to 2 years) in pool classes in 2013 169
Number of day campers who swam in pool in 2013 149





The Impact

Impact of YMCA Programs - A Glimpse!

Impact of YMCA Programs

Number of children involved in swim program  from 1984 to present 33,00 swim lesson participants
Number of day campers in pool from 1984 to present 3,300
Number of hours of family swim time since 1984 14,400 hours
Number of members  in 2013 structured, high-quality swim programs 1,320
Number of adults and teens in 2013 who took  swim lessons 195






Community Impact:

  • Our Youth Sports program serves nearly 460 participants annually.
  • Over 2,100,000 people have passed through the YMCA doors since 1984.
  • Our After School Program serves over 140 participants, including children from single parent and middle/low income families.
  • Our Summer Camp hosts 150 campers with many receiving scholarships and third party assistance.
  • Our Universal Pre-K teaches and nurtures 50 students daily.
  • We offer community space for local groups, health fairs and blood drives.
  • Exercise classes are offered for seniors and disabled members 6 days per week.
  • We train and employ over 100 people annually.
  • This year, we project over 75,000 member visits!


More than a Pool Renovation

If our pool closes for good, our doors to the community will close as well.

Your support will, quite literally, transform lives; a child will learn how to swim; a widowed Senior will find community; a heart patient will get a second chance.

Our vision starts with a revitalized pool. But it doesn’t stop there.  

Post-renovation, new and expanded programming will include:

  • Free, twice weekly water safety classes for all K-2 students who live in New Rochelle.
  • A free Saturday night safe haven recreation program for Y teens in grades 6-8.
  • Sunday afternoon “Family Time” activities for members.

We can make all kids safe swimmers, keep teens off the streets, and strengthen families.  We can change our community for the better. Together.


How You Can Help

Join our Capital Campaign Committe

Contact New Rochelle YMCA CEO - Julie Gallanty

Current team members:

Thomas Aust

Martha Solinger

Angela Derecas Taylor

Stephen O’Byrne

Bram Fierstein

Noam Bramson, Mayor

Cynthia Brown

Davina Burnett

Sherrie Bell

Jeannette Mirabile

Edward Hotchkiss

James Maisano, County Legislator

Gwen Clayton

Steven Otis, State Assemblyman

Tell your YMCA Story

Tell us how the YMCA has impacted your life!  Whether your story was from yesterday or years ago, we want to hear about the difference the Y has made in your life and share your story as encouragement to others. To tell your Y story, please click here.


Host a Be A Lifesaver Pool Party (or cocktail party) at your house 

Invite 15 or 20 of your friends whom you know will be interested in the fate of the New Rochelle YMCA pool.  Do your guests have a history with the pool? Do they have stories to share of their own experiences or of those whom they know? 
Just let us know when you have scheduled the party and Julie Gallanty, CEO of New Rochelle YMCA, will be there to give an update on status of the pool repair.

Contact Julie Gallanty or call 914-632-1818 Ext 18

Ways to Give

Making a charitable gift is an important and personal decision. The following information may be helpful as you consider various ways to support the New Rochelle YMCA Be a Lifesaver Capital Campaign:

Donate Now

Your support is important now to ensure success in this campaign. You can make your gift a number of ways:

Online:  To make a secure online donation by credit card please click the blue Be A Lifesaver button above.

Through the Mail: For a printable PDF donation form that you can mail with your check, money order or credit card gift, please click HERE.

Phone:  You can make your gift over the phone Monday through Friday by calling our office between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM at 914-632-1818


To increase your contribution to the New Rochelle YMCA Be A Lifesaver Capital Campaign, you may make a pledge now and spread payments of your gift over time – up to five years.

Appreciated Stocks, Bonds or Property

An alternative to cash is a gift of appreciated property, such as securities. In most situations the full fair market value of gifts of appreciated assets is deductible. Additionally, taxes on capital gains are often avoided. Please consult with your financial and tax advisors for advice on maximizing and finalizing your campaign gift plans. An account transfer form is available upon request.

Matching Gift Programs

Many corporations and foundations offer matching gift programs. Such programs may allow donors to double or even triple the amount of their contribution. Matching gift forms are available from company personnel or human resource offices.

Planned or Deferred Giving

Charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities are  income plans that allow the donor to make a gift will retaining the income for his or her lifetime (or a term of years) or for the lifetime of a named beneficiary. These methods of gifting should be discussed with your personal financial and tax advisors.


A gift of cash or property made through a will or living trust ensures a tradition of giving that will continue after the donor’s lifetime.


Donor Recognition

All gifts will be recognized and every donor will be listed in the New Rochelle YMCA Be A Lifesaver Capital Campaign Honor Roll published throughout the campaign. Additionally, the YMCA has established appropriate and meaningful ways to acknowledge all donors at variouslevels. Gifts can be made in memory of a loved one and will be recognized as such.

Naming Opportunities

The New Rochelle YMCA Capital Campaign will provide a lasting legacy for the New Rochelle community. Permanent naming opportunities are available at different gift levels from $5,000 – $1,000,000. Contact Julie Gallanty for a complete list of opportunities still available.
All donor wishes to remain anonymous will be respected.

Leave a personal legacy or honor a loved one, family or company with a gift of $5,000 or more payable over three years and listed on a permanent plaque at the Y.  Naming opportunities are available for specific areas from $10,000 to $1,000,000 .

Naming Opportunities and Recognition
(areas in bold are still available)

$1,000,000 "Name the YMCA Family Center"
$300,000 Swimming Pool
$250,000 Replace Pool Roof Deck
$250,000 HVAC/Dehumidification Unit
$100,000 Women’s and Girl's Locker Room
$100,000 Men's and Boy's Locker Room
$75,000 Energy efficient lighting in pool
$50,000 Windows
$25,000 Pool Bleachers and Seating Area
$15,000 ADA Lift for Pool
$10,000 (20 total) 1 foot by 1 foot tile plaque in Pool Area
$5,000(10 total) 8 “ by 8” tile plaque
$2500 (10 total) 4” by 8” tile plaque
$1,000 (250 total) 4” by 4” tile plaque












Watch for:

  • SOCK HOP at the YMCA -  will be held in early December

  • YMCA Member Alumni Reunion - A gathering of New Rochelle YMCA members past and present  -  Date to be announced.

Remember – We can do SO much more together