ITHACA, N.Y —The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is set to receive $800,000 as a part of the $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by the senate and the house late last week.

The funding was earmarked for GIAC to renovate the gymnasium in the former Immaculate Conception School. The facility will house GIAC’s entire teen program, indoor recreation activities, and is also supposed to be used for job-training and “micro entrepreneurship programs.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he had secured the funding in the spending bill for GIAC on Tuesday. He released a statement in which he wrote, “This is truly wonderful news for [GIAC] our families, and most importantly the children of Ithaca.” 

“I am proud to have secured this major investment in Ithaca’s youth to give them the modern state of the art community space they deserve,” wrote Schumer.

GIAC houses programs directed at a wide range of age groups ranging from young children to senior citizens, and focuses on developing services that alleviate the economic challenges of low to moderate income families and individuals.

Once the expansion is complete, it will allow GIAC to add 20 full-time, seasonal, and part-time jobs. With the added space, GIAC also expects to grow some of their current programs, such as their affordable after school childcare.

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, the director of GIAC, released a statement thanking Senator Schumer for seeing beyond “the bricks and mortar to the real life-changing impact” expanding GIAC’s facilities would have.

“With GIAC’s people-first mission, this project will help to lift many in our community who are marginalized and minoritized out of the condition of poverty,” wrote McBean-Clairborne.

Jimmy Jordan

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