Employee checks bounce at local YMCA

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JACKSON, Tenn.– The YMCA of Jackson and West Tennessee released a statement Friday acknowledging some checks to employees have been returned. The Regional Board of Directors said the organization is still feeling the effects of the struggling economy and is currently facing financial challenges. “I’m really sad to hear about it and I wish the community would support it. I’m just afraid that I’m gonna come over here and find out there’s padlocks on everything,” said Sidney Williams, a 7 year member. A portion of the board’s statement read, “We understand that checks have been returned and are committed to rectifying the situation as soon as possible. The all-volunteer Regional Board of Directors of the YMCA of Jackson and West Tennessee considers the staff to be our most valued resource, and we will make this up to them.” The directors said memberships and donations have decreased over the past year and said they are currently evaluating day-to-day operational expenses with plans to reorganize. “Its an awful thing. I hope everything gets resolved. I just hope everything goes well for the ‘Y’. There are a lot of competing gyms here now and its been slowly declining for the ‘Y’,” said Jun Cacas, a 5-year member. The statement continued, “To our staff and employees, we apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding, patience and support. To our members and donors, please know that this unfortunate situation will not deter us from meeting the needs of families in our community.”

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