Killeen, TX – While the Central Texas Armed Services YMCA have exclusively served the Killeen’s military community of 42,000 soldiers, 80,000 dependents, and 14,000 retirees in the past, they hope to expand their service to local communities by building a new facility. This project is monumental because it will be the first Armed Services YMCA to operate outside of a military installation. The Central Texas Armed Services YMCA is close to achieving its fundraising goal to build a facility that will benefit military families and the whole community including students from a local school district and patients in local hospitals. Many Ys in Texas, including the Central Texas Armed Services YMCA, are partnering with public and/or private entities through joint-use agreements to serve their communities more effectively. For example, the new facility’s natatorium will both serve Y members and Killeen Independent School District students for swim practices and classes. Seton Medical Center Harker Heights believes that the new facility will give Seton’s patients greater access to rehabilitation services as they work in therapy pools and other health programs. Both Killeen ISD and Seton Medical Center each donated $2 million to the cause of making their community healthier, while the U.S. government provided $1.2 million.