Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) is sponsoring an exciting and ambitious initiative to create a Yarmouth Community Center (YCC).
Horace and Barbara Horton initiated this idea, then asked YCAN to endorse and sponsor it, which the YCAN Board enthusiastically agreed to do. A community center can offer Yarmouth many benefits, including potentially helping to deliver both existing and new services (see below) to the community.
The YCC Steering Committee includes many community members as well as representatives for many interests. As a member of that committee, I have been asked to reach out to both individuals and community groups in Yarmouth to develop a shared community vision for the YCC.
Other YCC Steering Committee members will lead groups working on:
– design and site selection
– communications and marketing
– operation and organization
The goal is to create a public space where all members of our community feel a sense of ownership and belonging. The outreach committee is particularly interested in community opinions regarding the scope, size, function, purpose, and location of the YCC.
So far, suggested uses for space at a YCC have included:
– space for the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry
– offices for Yarmouth Community Services, General Assistance
– a senior center
– a thrift store
– meeting space for programs
– storage space for the Health Council (Medical Loan Closet items)
Your input is invaluable as we move forward with the YCC. All ideas generated and supported by the Yarmouth community will shape what the YCC becomes.
Would a group or representative from your organization be available to share your thoughts with me on this project? If so, could you provide a few options for a potential meeting time in the next month or two? Alternatively, I would be happy to conference by phone: 207-846-1591 or communicate by email (bcostell “at” maine.rr.com).
I look forward to learning about your hopes and ideas for a Yarmouth Community Center!
YCC Steering Committee / YCAN Vice President