Capital Campaign

Together We Can Build a Better Future

On September 1 we released designs for the planned new downtown YMCA and a construction timeline. 

Capital Campaign design plans


Site preparation work for a new Jackson YMCA will begin in the coming weeks, as more than 40 Jackson community leaders received an update on August 31 from Y leadership and its capital campaign volunteer team. The site work signals the beginning of a long-awaited process ultimately resulting in a new YMCA facility scheduled for completion at the end of 2024.

Site prep work includes demolition of two long-standing, smaller buildings on W. Wesley and Mechanic streets, as well as other preliminary site work prior to formal start of construction scheduled for spring 2023. In May this year, Y leadership and volunteers celebrated surpassing the original $25 million capital campaign goal, the largest-ever for a YMCA in Michigan.


Throughout the summer, Jackson Y volunteer and staff leadership have worked closely with construction manager Granger Construction Co., architect/engineer Bergmann and Gro Development, a national leader in the development, design, and management of YMCAs on finetuning the schematics and timeline for a new Y that combines new construction with adaptive reuse of portions of the existing facility. As previously announced, co-located partners in the new Y include Henry Ford Jackson Hospital and Big Brothers Big Sisters.


“A great deal of work has been happening behind the scenes this summer, and it’s exciting to now be able to share plans for the new Y,” said Jackson YMCA CEO Shawna Tello. “The facility will be accessible for those with limited mobility, feature open sightlines and enable us to not only provide our current programs and services but also to expand our offerings to better serve the community.”

Click here to read the press release and here for a closer look at the new designs. 

The Y brings people together

Working with community partners, donors, staff and volunteers, the YMCA is able to:

  • Provide access to a wide range of health and wellness services for individuals of all ages, including our growing senior population.
  • Address increasing downtown child care needs through licensed after-school care and other programming.
  • Enable those with limited mobility to easily access our facility, equipment and programs.
  • Support and inspire more downtown economic development.

And so much more!

As the nation’s leading nonprofit for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, we can make a positive, meaningful impact – right in YOUR Neighborhood.