YMCA hopes to expand service in Midlothian

Organization supports Proposition C on May 1 city bond ballot

Mirror report
The Waxahachie YMCA offers full recreation services year-round. The organization hopes to do the same in Midlothian if Proposition C, a bond to build a community recreation center, is approved by voters on May 1.

The YMCA soon hopes to expand how it serves the Midlothian community. If voters approve Proposition C as part of the upcoming bond referendum, the YMCA hopes to partner with the city of Midlothian to operate a community recreation center with amenities including fitness and exercise spaces, gymnasium facilities, senior citizen exercise programs, indoor and outdoor pools, a splash pad, child watch center, wellness center and locker rooms.

“The YMCA is honored to be considered for a partnership with the City of Midlothian,” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “At its heart the YMCA is a community service organization. We offer programming for seniors, educational activities for kids and help the community whenever there’s a need through food distribution, diaper depots and support programs - like warming centers during the recent winter storm and emergency childcare during the pandemic.”

The YMCA has had a presence in the Midlothian community for over 14 years, partnering with Midlothian ISD to provide after school care in all seven elementary schools. The YMCA will operate a Summer Learning Academy this summer to help kids struggling with learning loss due to the pandemic, with 100 kids expected to attend.

"We are so grateful to have a strong partnership with the YMCA," said Courtney Carpenter, Interim MISD Superintendent. "The level of care and support for our students after school and now through the summer allows them to flourish socially and academically."

Through an expanded YMCA presence in the community, the residents of Midlothian now and in the future will benefit from the YMCA’s community care.

Since March 2020, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas has served more than 75,000 people through its Catalyst Initiative (the Y’s COVID response program). The organization has provided 217,387 pounds of produce to people in need, 75,958 meals, served more than 3,300 children of essential workers in Emergency Child Care, distributed 450 laptops so kids could learn virtually and provided more than 1,700 students needed school supplies. The YMCA delivers groceries to at-risk seniors and does regular wellness checks to ensure our seniors feel mentally and physically connected to others during this time.

During the recent winter storm, Dallas Y branches opened their doors as Winter Warming Centers serving over 1,000 people with warm spaces, water, food, power, showers, Wi-Fi and more to help those in need due to the snowstorms, power and water outages.

To learn more about how the YMCA supports the community it serves, visit ymcadallas.org.