SARANAC LAKE – Input from the public is being sought on a plan to provide YMCA services in the community.
The Plattsburgh YMCA, the Village of Saranac Lake, the Saranac Lake Central School District and North Country Community College are jointly exploring the possibility of establishing a YMCA in Saranac Lake. A key part of this process, which is in the early stages, involves collecting feedback from the community on the need for YMCA services here.
To gather that input, a public forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in room S-19, Mullholland Hall, at North Country Community College. The goal of the forum, to be moderated by Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, is to identify potential gaps in youth and adult services in the community and how they could be met by the YMCA.
In addition to the forum, a Plattsburgh YMCA-Saranac Lake Community Needs Assessment is also being conducted. The brief online survey asks respondents to identify the most pressing community needs for young people and adults in Saranac Lake. Paper copies of the survey will also be circulated around the village.
Justin Ihne, CEO of the YMCA of Plattsburgh, said the feedback from the public forum and the responses to the survey would help the YMCA design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
“At the Y, strengthening community is our cause,” Ihne said. “The Y has listened and responded to communities’ most critical social needs since its founding, and we’re committed to using this approach to explore the opportunity to provide services in Saranac Lake.”
The survey is posted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/saranac-lake-community-needs. A link to the survey is also available on the village’s website, www.saranaclakeny.gov. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the following locations, where they can be returned when completed: the village offices in the Harrietstown Town Hall; the Saranac Lake Central School District Office at Saranac Lake High School; the front desk of Hodson Hall at North Country Community College; the Saranac Lake Adult Center and the Saranac Lake Free Library.
The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. Responses will be kept confidential. The deadline to complete a survey is midnight, March 15.
In an effort to encourage more parents to attend the March 8 public forum, North Country Community College’s Athletic Department will provide an evening of free, fun supervised activities for children ages 5-12 at the Sparks Athletic Complex gymnasium. Parents who wish to take advantage of this service need to register in advance by contacting Chris Knight, NCCC Communications Director, at email@example.com or 518-891-2915 ext. 1267.