Intersection Connection

Nearly $12-million has been raised for a new community building on the Ivy Tech- Lafayette campus.

The project is being spearheaded by The Intersection Connection, a collaboration among community organizations.

The 120,000 square-foot structure will be occupied by the YMCA, Junior Achievement, and an IU Health Arnett clinical practice.

Ivy Tech Chancellor David Bathe says the facility will help with enrollment and retention efforts.

Old National Bank is donating to the Intersection Connection project in Lafayette. The company is giving $125,000, which will fund a Child Watch room at the new Lafayette Family YMCA, for parents to use while they attend onsite programs. The room will include the Old National Bank name.

Old National area president Bob Smith says they were eager to get involved in the project.

More information is coming out about a new facility for the Lafayette Family YMCA. Details of the aquatic center were revealed Thursday when the organization announced a $50,000 gift from Lafayette Savings Bank for the project.

YMCA Executive Director Paul Cramer says there will be a family pool, an eight-lane competitive pool, slides and fountains. He says the bank’s gift shows its commitment to the community.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive made three gifts announcements Monday at a lunch celebrating its silver anniversary.

One is a pledge to increase its contributions to the S.I.A. Foundation, which awards grants to groups throughout the state.

Executive Vice President Tom Easterday says over the next ten years, the company will donate about $2.5 million to the Foundation.

"Hopefully that will enable us to double the amount of grants. We've been able to give grants to more than 150 organizations over the years, nearly $800,000."

Intersection Connection effort receives more help

Aug 27, 2012

The City of Lafayette is helping several non-profit organizations get a new facility.

The Lafayette Family YMCA, Junior Achievement, and others want to build what’s known as Intersection Connection next to Ivy Tech. The building would house those agencies and a new IU Health Arnett medical office.

The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission approved a resolution for brownfield assistance that includes that area.

Economic Development Director Dennis Carson says the move shows the city is behind the idea of developing the site.

Intersection Connection has new partner

Jul 11, 2012

A collaborative effort in Lafayette is growing.

Indiana University Health Arnett is joining the Intersection Connection partnership that aims to improve the lives of area youth. The medical group will open a health clinic at the yet-to-be-built Lafayette Family YMCA facility on the Ivy Tech-Lafayette campus.

IU Health Arnett C.E.O. Al Gatmaitan says having both organizations under one roof has many benefits. Those include cost sharing and transition of medical patients to healthy lifestyle practices offered by the YMCA.

Zoo garden teaches kids about sustainability

Jun 7, 2012
Sam Klemet / WBAA Radio

About 200 children are participating in a summer program where they will learn about gardening and nutrition.

Those from the McAllister Center’s Day camp are spending one day a week throughout the summer working on growing vegetables and other nutritious foods at a small garden at the zoo.

Columbian Park Zoo landscaper Linda Cooper hopes the effort will help the kids embrace a more sustainable way of life.

Lafayette area youth to plant community gardens

Apr 11, 2012

Several organizations are teaming up to help children plant gardens this summer.

Intersection Connection is hosting the Community Gardens, which includes kids from the YMCA after-school program, Junior Achievement and the McAllister Center.

The gardens are located at the Tippecanoe County Extension Office and Columbian Park Zoo.

Lafayette YMCA CEO Paul Cramer says those will benefit the children and the community. He says the project also meets Intersection Connection’s four goals.