Organizers seeking $1 million to expand, renovate current facility
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — On April 10 the Marshfield Area YMCA announced the start of the public phase of the “Changing Lives. Building Futures.” capital campaign that will allow the Y to renovate and expand its current facility as well as form strategic partnerships with other community organizations. To date, the capital campaign has raised nearly $9 million. For the public phase of the campaign, the Y is asking the community to support $1 million to complete the project.
“As community leaders, businesses, educators, citizens, and parents, we all must continue to look for new ways to ensure our community remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The new Y facility will be home to a collaboration like nothing our rural community has ever seen before. The time has come to reach out and ask our community to help in this final phase of fundraising,” said David and Tammy Meissner, YMCA campaign co-chairs.
The renovations and expansion of the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA are expected to begin this fall. The Y is projecting that the building should be complete by fall 2018. However, the size, scope, and timing of the project will ultimately be determined by the community’s support of this effort.
Plans for the renovation include a new state-of-the-art healthy living center, a youth center with licensed child care and after school care, a multisport complex, welcome center, member lounge, and multigenerational community room with teaching kitchen.
The Y also plans to partner with Marshfield Clinic Health System to offer the Youth Net after school program as well as other community wellness programs. Additional space will allow a partnership with Wood County Head Start, providing support to families and giving children early learning foundations to prepare them for school. The Y will also work with the Marshfield School District to provide space for the Alternative High School. Facility renderings, construction updates, campaign news, and information on how to donate to the “Changing Lives. Building Futures.” Campaign can be found at mfldymca.org.
“For more than three decades, this Y has served the children, adults, and families in Marshfield and surrounding communities. It is a place for people from all walks of life to come together to gather and improve their quality of life,” said John Nystrom, YMCA CEO. “Today is about uniting our community and inviting everyone to join us in this exciting campaign. The facility and the partnerships it inspires will ensure we can help even more people on their journey for a better life and give children the best start. I am inspired by and grateful for the generous support we have received so far.”