YMCA Bill Porter


A city that was a pioneer in developing YMCAs in Alabama is in danger of having to close its facility.

Selma opened its first YMCA in 1858. Now it is trying to raise $1 million by Dec. 31 to pay off some of the debt on its existing YMCA.

The YMCA's Bill Porter says money is coming in, but there is a real possibility the YMCA could close if it can't raise the money by the deadline. Porter is a former Selma City Council president and banker who is trying to get the Y on sound financial footing.