Capital Campaign Building What Matters

Building What Matters:

The Campaign to Fund and Construct Our New Family Y

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“Building What Matters” is the name of the Westport Weston Family Y’s campaign to build a sustainable new home that will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission, which is to enrich our entire community by developing and nurturing the potential of every individual, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Latest photos, video from the building site (July 16, 2014)

To view a brief video about our campaign for a new Y, please click on the image below.

Our campaign to fund and construct a modern, sustainable new home for the Family Y on our Mahackeno campus has been years’ long. But thanks to the steadfast support of our members, the tireless efforts of the volunteer leaders who guide us, and the selfless contributions from hundreds of donors from throughout our community and beyond, we are ready to truly “Build What Matters.”

In December 2012, we received our long-awaited Zoning Permit from the Town of Westport, which will allow the Family Y to proceed with plans to begin construction of our new Family Y.

On February 6, we held our official groundbreaking ceremony. “The Y has always served as a center of community life and wellness for our local citizens of all ages,” said Jim Marpe, Chair of the Family Y’s governing Board of Trustees. “Today, we are taking a very important next step in assuring that our mission of community center and wellness continues, not just for the current generation of those who live and work in our towns, but also for future generations of local families for decades to come.”

To see new views of what our new Y will look like, from the outside and inside, please click here.

In all, the Family Y has identified $34.3 million in funding, including proceeds from the agreed-upon sale of its current home, built by Mr. Bedford in 1923 and expanded over time. Current estimates for the total cost of the first phase of the new Y are $38.5 million, leaving a funding gap of $4 million.

“We’re optimistic that the Boards’ decision to move forward will motivate Y supporters who until now have been in a ‘wait-and-see’ mode toward giving,” said Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO. “Every dollar donated from this point forward makes for a better Y.”

View List of Contributors to Building What Matters, through May, 2014 (pdf)

To make a safe and secure online donation to our capital campaign, please click here.

The Y expects to receive a Building Permit from the Town in early February for the construction of the first stage of the new Y, a 54,000 sq. ft. facility that will include a 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and adjacent warm-water family/teaching/therapeutic pool; expansive Health & Wellness Center; multi-purpose Gymnasium; three group-fitness studios; a Child Watch/Kids’ Adventure Gym area; five locker rooms, including one for those with dependent care; and other amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility.

The first stage of our new Y will be built on a portion of the footprint that has been approved by the Town, with subsequent phases also within that footprint. Upon completion of all construction stages, the Family Y at Mahackeno will comprise 102,000 sq. ft. and is expected to include a Gymnastics Center, Child Care wing and expanded Aquatics and Health & Wellness areas.

The Building What Matters campaign leaders are continuing their efforts to reach out to local foundations, businesses and individuals with the means to make a significant investment in the Family Y’s future. A more public, grass-roots phase of this campaign was launched in early 2013.

Called “Picture Yourself at the New Family Y,” the innovative project involves the creation of a large wall mural at the new facility to be composed of thousands of individual photographs of Y members and supporters.

For a tax-deductible contribution of $100 per photo to the Y’s “Building What Matters” capital campaign, donors will be able to include a favorite photo or photos in a mosaic of “The Westport-Weston YMCA,” a watercolor by artist Kassie Foss of the Family Y’s historic Bedford Building, home of the Family Y since 1923.

The interactive online project may be found at, where contributors will also be able to locate their photos, as well as search for those of friends and neighbors. .

For more information about our campaign to Build What Matters, please contact Rob Reeves, Chief Executive Officer, at 203-226-8981, ext.131, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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