First Coast YMCA Announces New Capital Campaign to Expand Winston Family YMCA  

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – December 17, 2018 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce that the Winston Family YMCA is launching a $3 million fundraising campaign to expand its flagship facility. Since opening in August 2016, the Winston Y has been serving close to 15,000 members in Jacksonville’s urban core and downtown area and is rapidly surpassing growth expectations. The capital campaign will enable the Winston Y to bring even more programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to its neighbors across the First Coast.

“As one of the First Coast Y’s most diverse branches in terms of race and socioeconomic status, the Winston Family YMCA is much more than a gym and swim,” said Eric K. Mann, president and CEO of the First Coast YMCA. “The Winston branch is a destination Y in the middle of Jacksonville’s evolving urban core that represents a total wellness resource in the community. As we continue to serve even more people, the Winston Y facility must expand to continue providing quality, impactful programs and services for all.”

Within two years, Winston Y’s membership base exceeded growth expectations by five years. The capital campaign is conceptualized to fund an 8,000 sq. ft. third floor rooftop wellness area – the first of its kind on the First Coast. This covered outdoor space will provide additional areas for functional training, yoga, meditation and more while offering an unobstructed view of Jacksonville’s magnificent downtown skyline.

The Y is also excited to announce the capital campaign will fund an expansion of the Winston Y’s KidZone in order to be able to serve the growing need for a safe space and enriching programs that nurture the development of children and teens. The expansion will also provide a much-needed space to support the wellness and social activities of our growing community of active older adults.

To do its important work, the Y relies on support from members, donors, volunteers and community leaders. For more information or to make a donation, visit


About the First Coast Y
In 2018, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is celebrating its 110th anniversary of serving the Northeast Florida community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For 110 years, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast has been providing men, women and children of all ages, and from all walks of life, opportunities to build stronger bonds, live healthy and become more engaged with their communities. Learn more:

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