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Anonymous donor gives $1 Million to help construct new YMCA

Flint, MI – A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has provided a generous $1 million gift to the YMCA of Greater Flint as part of the Building Community Capital Campaign to build the new Downtown YMCA, part of the Harrison Street Commons project.

“On behalf of all the residents of our community who will learn, grow, and thrive at the new YMCA, I am incredibly grateful for this transformational gift,” says Shelly Hilton, YMCA of Greater Flint CEO.

“This amazing donation brings us one step closer to seeing the completion of Harrison Street Commons, a campus devoted to health and education in the heart of Flint,” Hilton added.

The construction cost for the new Downtown YMCA is $21 million. The YMCA of Greater Flint is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise additional funds after the earlier announcements of a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Kyle Kuzma Foundation.

“Our donor hopes that this gift inspires others in the community to dig deep and support a project that will serve many in Genesee County for generations to come,” added Hilton.

Construction is projected to begin spring 2023, and the new facility will open January 1, 2025. Operations will continue at the current downtown branch until the facility opens. The current facility and the portion of the parking lot located on Third and Chavez owned by the YMCA will be sold for future development.

To learn more about the details of the project and support the capital campaign go to

About the YMCA of Greater Flint – The Mission of the YMCA of Greater Flint is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Since 1879, the YMCA of Greater Flint (which includes the Downtown Branch, Pierson Road Branch, and Camp Copneconic) focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.


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