The Rome Family YMCA has a long and well-established history.
It was formed in 1871 and a building was constructed in 1880 at 129 N. James St. to house the organization — which is now in its third location in the city at 301 W. Bloomfield St., where it has been since 1972.
“As it is with any building this age, we are constantly replacing and repairing equipment throughout the facility. None of this would be possible without the support from the businesses and foundations in our city and surrounding communities,” said Bruce Hairston, the Rome Y’s Multi Team Leader.
“One of the biggest supporters over the years has been the Hubbard brothers, of Hubbard Tool and Die Inc.,” Hairston said. “The business was started by brothers Frank and Fritz in 1949 out of a dairy barn on Route 26 and was called Turin Road Machine Shop. In 1957 the name was changed to Hubbard Tool and Die Incorporated.”
“The brothers relocated in 1963 to Mill St where they’re currently located,” he added. “In 1986, Eric and Randy Hubbard purchased the business from the brothers and continue operating the family business here in Rome which is going on 70 years.”
“Most recently, Hairston said, the Hubbard brothers donated $27,000 to replace one of our HVAC units that was no longer supplying heat in our Cardio Room,” Hairston said. “Over the years they’ve helped repair our roof, funded a smaller HVAC unit and purchased a Clark floor cleaning machine for the building. Over the years they have donated well over $50,000 to the Rome YMCA.”
When asked why they continue to donate, their response was: We have been members for over 15 years and we love the Y, so when we retire we plan on continuing to come here and use the facility, Hairston said, adding the company also pays for memberships for any of their employees who want to become healthier and more active.
Information about the Rome Family Y and its programs is available on Tri Valley YMCA website, http://www.ymcatrivalley.org website.