Leaders of Princeton Family YMCA and YWCA Princeton with Kristin Appelget, director of the University's Office of Community and Regional Affairs (sitting center) at the presentation of a $25,000 check from Princeton University
Princeton, NJ - Princeton University presented a $25,000 contribution today to the Princeton YMCA - YWCA to be allocated toward campus reorganization expenses as the Princeton Family YMCA and YWCA Princeton formally separate property and programming. Part of the campus reorganization project involves a utility transition that will help ensure a clear division of the YWCA and YMCA as each organization upgrades its facilities to better serve the greater Princeton community.
The YWCA is repurposing the one - story Program Building on the corner of Bayard Lane and Paul Robeson Place that is adjacent to Bramwell House, the property purchased and endowed by the Friends of the YWCA in 1975. Concurrently, the YMCA is renovating the building at 59 Paul Robeson Place that houses the pool, gymnasium and wellness center.
Kristin Appelget, director of the University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs said, “ Princeton University is pleased to be able to support the YMCA and YWCA as they re focus programming and reorganize their campus. The campus upgrades and reorganization will improve the ability of both institutions to better serve the community for many years to come. ”
As both organizations strive to succeed independently, managing revenue - producing programs that support mission - driven initiatives is imperative. While the YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women, the YMCA is dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The clearly divided property is allowing for facility ownership and management modeled by condominium associations. This is also prompting each organization to address deferred maintenance projects and invest in capital improvements.
Dr. Cheryl Rowe - Rendleman and Paul Biondi, board presidents of the YWCA and YMCA respectively, expressed gratitude to Princeton University for recognizing the importance of utility transition. In a statement made to the property management committee , they said, “ The steps we are taking today are the result of the hard work of many over several years. We are grateful for this support from the University which will permit both the YWCA Princeton and the Princeton Family YMCA to move forward in ways that will foster growth in our memberships and connectedness with the communities that we serve.” More information can be obtained by visiting www.ywcaprinceton.org and