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York and Lancaster YMCAs to merge into ‘The YMCA of the Roses’ 

The YMCAs of York and Lancaster have agreed to merge into one YMCA organization—The YMCA of the Roses. 

The Lancaster Family YMCA and the YMCA of York and York County said on Monday that they approved a Plan of Merger on May 27 and June 17 respectively. 

The decision came about after the two organizations entered into a management agreement for the YMCA of York and York County to provide CEO and HR services to the Lancaster Family YMCA in September of last year. On Feb. 1 of this year the two YMCAs voted to extend that agreement into a merger. 

As part of the merger, members of both YMCAs will automatically become members of the new YMCA of the Roses, which will include five branches and five pools across Lancaster and York counties. 

Larry Richardson, president and CEO of the YMCA of York and York County for over 27 years and the acting president and CEO of the Lancaster Family YMCA, will continue as president and CEO for the new organization. 

No staff members are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the merger, the two companies said on Monday. 

As one entity, the YMCA of the Roses will have a budget of about $15 million and over 600 employees serving 30,000 members annually. 

The YMCA’s will also be constructing a new bord for the YMCA of the Roses’ Board of Directors, which will be made up of volunteer leadership from both York and Lancaster counties. 

As a single YMCA association serving both York and Lancaster Counties, the YMCA of the Roses will utilize the best aspects from both areas’ YMCAs to give its members, donors, volunteers, and neighbors the best experience possible,” the two YMCAs wrote in a statement. “The organization’s leadership will continually evaluate community needs and resources so that it can implement charitable programs to meet the region’s new and emerging needs.” 

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis is the Central Penn Business Journal's assistant editor. Email him at [email protected].