After 95 years of serving the residents of the Alton area, the YWCA is looking at different ways of making their money stretch. Last month, the "Y" announced it needed to raise a minimum of $80,000 to meet operational expenses and maintain continuity of their off-site programs through 2013. That effort fell well short of expectations, but the agency's leader says they are re-examining their status.
Limited grant opportunities and rising costs during tough economic times has forced the organization to reach out to the public for donations. Although the total raised only came in at $8,000, Executive Director Andrea Lamer says those who donated have been understanding of the club's plight.
She says the overall goal is still at the $80,000 mark. If that is not met, she says there will be further examination of their operations and there may be more downsizing in the future, although a complete closure appears to be off the table at this point.