A hundred years ago, churches were commonly known for building hospitals, schools, universities, and community centers that served their surrounding neighbors rather than constructing buildings that only served their own purposes. A church in Northwest Cary, Crosspointe, wanted to recapture some of that history.

Therefore, Crosspointe launched a new organization focused solely on community development. We call it, The Why Project Inc.

As The Why Project Inc., we started making several observations about our local surroundings. We consistently saw hundreds of local teenagers hanging out in a grocery store parking lot with no place else to connect. We saw nearby high schools with elevated crime rates—but not violent crimes, crimes typically fueled by boredom. We saw nearly 50 percent of children and students in Wake County (ages 5-18) statistically overweight. We saw a staggering number of people moving into the Triangle from all over the world—with most all of them isolated from extended families and having no strong foundation for relational support and community outside of the walls where they lived. We saw neighborhoods filled with homes built on top of acres of former farmland—with emerging generations having no concept of the heritage and the stories we now all stand on the shoulders of in Northwest Cary.

In order to address these, we believed it was in the community’s best interest to partner with another great organization, The YMCA of the Triangle, to do more together than either of us could do separately to positively affect people’s lives in this region. The YMCA of the Triangle was hopeful to try to move into Northwest Cary within the next 10 years, but were limited by capital funds and land availability. We were convinced these issues needed addressing now.

As a result, The Why Project Inc. is taking on the responsibility of raising the necessary funds to design and build a state-of-the-art YMCA on property owned by Crosspointe. The YMCA of the Triangle will lease the use of the facility while operating independently of The Why Project Inc. or Crosspointe.

This YMCA will have exceptional programs that will serve the vast and diverse community of the Triangle and operate seven days a week in a tremendous, brand new facility anchored by a gym, pool, group fitness rooms, wellness floor, dedicated children and teen environments, and sports field.

Furthermore, the facility will provide spaces for people (regardless if they are members of the YMCA) to gather, share a cup of coffee, attend cooking classes in a teaching kitchen with organic foods grown throughout the campus, or simply find a quiet space to be.

To our shared knowledge, this isn’t something that has been done before, but we’re hopeful it becomes paradigm shifting in our city and across the country for how people and organizations can come together to do more together to serve the greater good of everyone.

Take some time to explore the site, learn about the details and the why behind what we’re doing, and discover how you can participate.

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Project Vision

The Why Project Inc. is building a new YMCA in Northwest Cary. Jonathan Bow, Lead Pastor of Crosspointe and a board member of The Why Project Inc., presented the project’s vision to the Town of Cary on July 17, 2014, during their Town Council meeting. Watch this 6-minute clip to hear the WHY behind this project.

Groundbreaking Recap

Crosspointe Church and The YMCA of the Triangle joined together for a groundbreaking event at 6911 Carpenter Fire Station Road, on November 15, 2015. Watch this video to get a glimpse of a few of the highlights from this event celebrating just one more step together in this partnership called The Why Project.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Why Project Inc. has many different facets, and we encourage you to dig deeper and discover more about the project using these frequently asked questions as a guide. As always, if you have any additional questions please reach out to us at info@thewhyproject.net.

How does the partnership with The Why Project Inc. and the YMCA work?

The Why Project Inc. will build a new YMCA campus on it’s property and lease it to the YMCA to operate throughout the week. The Why Project Inc. will be the owners of the property. The YMCA will be the tenant. The Why Project Inc. and the YMCA will remain completely independent organizations from one another—with their own unique members, staff, leadership, and governance.

How does this partnership benefit the YMCA?

This partnership fulfills part of The YMCA of the Triangle’s long-range plan to open a YMCA campus in Northwest Cary—one of the fastest growing regions in the state. It drastically reduces the timeframe by several years that the YMCA can get a facility operating to serve the needs of families, adults, and children in Northwest Cary. It eliminates the YMCA’s need to raise significant capital funds for this project, freeing up resources for other planned projects around The YMCA of the Triangle.

Will this partnership make traffic better in the parking lot and nearby streets?

Yes. One of the very first things we will build as a part of the construction process is more parking. After that we will invest significantly in improving the roads locally to mitigate any additional traffic due to this development project. Additionally, we’re planning on building an access road that will connect to Indian Wells Road on the south side of our property that will create another entrance and exit to 55.

What’s the timeline for this project?

The goal is to have the project completed by early 2017.

Are donations to The Why Project Inc. tax deductible?

Yes, donations to The Why Project Inc. are tax deductible. Each person donating to The Why Project Inc. will receive a statement of their donations in January for the previous calendar year.

How is The Why Project Inc. recognized by the IRS?

The Why Project Inc. is recognized as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Additionally, The Why Project Inc. is classified as a public charity under code section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), organized for the purpose of community service. Our charitable status can be verified by entering our EIN: 47-2904262 into the the IRS’ Select Check Tool.

Can I nominate The Why Project Inc. to receive employer matching grants?

Yes, many corporations and employers will match charitable contributions to The Why Project Inc., making your donation even more impactful. You may use the following link to see if your employer has a matching gift program and to find out the necessary steps for submitting your donations for matching approval. Employer Matching Grant.

Are there other ways to contribute financially such as stock, property, or naming rights?

Absolutely, please contact finance@thewhyproject.net for instructions on what steps to take to contribute stock or property or inquire about naming rights.

Will there be other ways to participate in the project besides financially?

Yes. The hope is that there will be several opportunities for the community to leverage some sweat equity throughout the course of the construction project to save costs.

Where do I go if I have questions?

If you have any additional questions that are not answered here, please e-mail info@thewhyproject.net and we’ll follow up as soon as possible.

Contribute

You can make an immediate contribution to help fund The Why Project Inc. Use the link below to make a contribution using the QGiv tool.

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Corporate Matching Grants

Your gift has the potential to do even more. Many corporations and employers will match charitable contributions to The Why Project Inc., multiplying the power of your donation. Use the following link to see if your employer has a matching gift program and to find out the necessary steps for submitting your donations for matching approval.

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Updates

The Why Project Inc. has many different facets, and we encourage you to dig deeper and discover more about the project using these frequently asked questions as a guide. As always, if you have any additional questions please reach out to us at info@thewhyproject.net.

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Volunteer with The WHY Project

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are excited to announce that beginning Saturday March 18th, members of the Crosspointe community and local community members in Northwest Cary will have the chance to volunteer to support The WHY Project. This is another great opportunity to participate in long-term positive change in Northwest Cary.

We have landscaping plans that have been approved by the Town of Cary and would love your help making them a reality on our site.

Here are the details for volunteering:

  • We are looking for adults, teens, and children (at least 8 years old) to sign up to serve.
  • You will be instructed by our Landscaping Architect and team leaders to follow specific instructions for planting.
  • Any child must serve alongside an adult, and should sign up as a landscaping helper on the form.
  • Here are the initial volunteer dates with varying times for serving on each day (refer to the form for available times): March 18th & 19th, and April 1st & 2nd

Whether you’re able to volunteer or not, there is an option on the form to contribute financially toward purchasing planting beds and trees for The WHY Project.

We hope you will join us as we take this tangible step toward completing The WHY Project.

Click to sign up.


SEEDLING DAY

We would love to involve the youngest members of our community in landscaping with a seedling day in April. Details of this opportunity will be communicated when the grounds are ready.

In the meantime, in order to provide the safest working environment on-site during the March 18th & 19th and April 1st & 2nd landscaping days, we ask that children under the age of 8 not participate.

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On-site Update: January Progress Update

Join us on-site at 6911 Carpenter Fire Station Road for a series of updates showing progress made since our last video update. TJ highlights several areas including the Wellness Floor, new YMCA Gymnasium, wooden handrails, drywall work, light fixtures, and much more.

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