We’re excited about the community efforts happening in Southeast Raleigh! We are proud to partner with the Southeast Raleigh Promise Project, the YMCA of the Triangle, and other groups in a broad community partnership dedicated to creating a cradle-to-career pipeline of services and programs to support the children and families of Southeast Raleigh.
This story was originally printed on the YMCA of the Triangle website.
The YMCA of the Triangle made a significant investment in the Southeast Raleigh community with the purchase of 32 acres in the Rock Quarry Road corridor near I-440.
This property will serve as the home, or beacon site, that will include a YMCA facility, affordable housing, a school, health care options and access to healthy food. Currently, the YMCA is securing anchor partners to deliver these core services. In the future, an independent quarterback organization will coordinate community engagement and collaborations.
“We are excited about the possibilities and look forward to the collective impact the project will have on children, adults and families in Southeast Raleigh and beyond,” said Doug McMillan, YMCA of the Triangle CEO. “It’s an exciting opportunity to partner with others who work in service areas that complement the strengths of the Y.”
Community Impact and Community Input
In 2013, the YMCA hired an independent research firm, FGI Research, to conduct a phone survey of residents in Southeast Raleigh. The survey information, along with community interviews, and information sessions guided the YMCA in efforts to more fully and effectively serve areas of the Triangle that need and want YMCA programs.
After the FGI study, YMCA staff, community leaders and volunteers gathered community input and data about the potential of expanded YMCA service in Southeast Raleigh.
“For nearly three years, we engaged residents and community organizations in Southeast Raleigh with the intent to invite many perspectives to this process,” said Courtney Crowder, YMCA of the Triangle board member. “It quickly became clear that our neighbors’ desires and vision included much more than a new YMCA with traditional Y services and programs. Our community has imagined a unique service model that we are excited to deliver.”
The Southeast Raleigh Promise Project has been born from this larger vision. Throughout the next 12-18 months, this collaborative process will continue to develop cross-sector partnerships and engage the community in shaping the assets and services delivered on the site and beyond.
Over the past five years, the YMCA has expanded after school and summer camp programs and added sports, health and wellness and family offerings that are accessible to families in Southeast Raleigh. One of the most successful offerings has been family group fitness programs at Walnut Creek Elementary School.
The Walnut Creek wellness program is made possible due to donations to theYMCA Annual Campaign and a REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Grant. Participants pay a fee based on their household income.
“The wellness program at Walnut Creek is the perfect example of the YMCA expanding its reach into communities and outside our traditional YMCAs,” said Doug McMillan. “Partnerships and collaborations will lead to more innovative programs throughout the region to meet community needs.”