As you may have heard, our community has regained possession of the Frankford Y! While exciting, the issues presented are vast in order to save the Y as vandals, looters, and age have take its toll on the building and immediate action is needed stabilize the structure preventing its loss. Specifically, and most immediate, the roof is leaking in several locations and basic utility service in needed. This letter is a plea to each and every one of you, my neighbors, to help me save this piece of our neighborhood, not because it is a piece of our past, but because it is vital to our future.
The incoming board of directors, including myself as President, have plans to develop programs that use this facility in a manner that benefits everyone. Our vision and our use of the building will be centered on enabling individuals to achieve more then what they have today. GED courses, the training of trade skills, higher education and job location and placement will be the foundation of our programs as teaching a person to fish instead of giving them one creates vested neighbors who cares about themselves, their future, and their community. Further, support and social services including child care, personal fitness and aquatics will be offered as an intergrated plan of individual achievement.
Many of you know of my investment in the community and the restoration of 4700-12 Castor where I live with my wife and 4 children. Know that I am committed to the restoration of the Y. However, neither my commitment, nor the commitment of my board will be enough. Our future will
be determined by your choice, right here, right now. What you do with this letter will determine our future and the development of our community. Follow this link to a donation slip. Use it best you can, remembering that, like the Y, abandonment leads to deterioration and eventual destruction. Please contribute to our future immediately and on a monthly basis and remember all donations are tax deductible as the Y is a 503(c)3. Please give today! Mail Check or credit card payment information t0 the address below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me on my cell at 267-393-2663.Franklin A. Bennett III, Esq.
President and CEO THE NEW FRANKFORD COMMUNITY Y
4700 Leiper Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124