JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 5, 2020 – The Jackson YMCA announced that the Jackson Community Foundation (JCF) has contributed a $25,000 grant to the Y’s campaign to build a new facility and create a healthy living campus in downtown. JCF President and CEO Monica Moser said both organizations share a mission to strengthen and build the community.

“The Jackson Community Foundation believes a thriving YMCA facility in downtown Jackson will have a positive effect on our community’s overall health and well-being,” said Moser. “Having the chance to double our gift through the Consumers Energy Foundation’s Matching Grant Challenge was a bonus. We hope other funders, organizations, and individuals follow suit to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and get the Jackson YMCA project across the finish line.”

In January, the Consumers Energy Foundation announced a matching capital campaign grant of up to $3 million. Henry Ford Allegiance Health in February pledged $1 million in response, and most recently the Dawn Foods Corporate Giving Program reallocated $1 million in endowment funding to the capital campaign.

Despite a six-month state-mandated closure, the Jackson YMCA continues to progress in its fundraising efforts to replace its nearly 60-year old building and has raised more than $18 million in pledges and contributions.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support from the Jackson Community Foundation,” said Jackson YMCA CEO Shawna Tello. “Grant funding we received from the Foundation this summer enabled us to continue community COVID-19 relief work. This generous and additional contribution brings us closer to offering a contemporary facility and more responsive programming to improve the health and well-being of our of a broader cross-section of our community.”

For more information and to view a video with Moser on the Y’s impact on the community, visit www.JacksonYMCA.org.

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