Capital Campaign

As the greater Rockford area transforms to become a top 25 community, the YMCA of Rock River Valley plays a crucial role in that transformation. We aim to be an organization that improves the quality of life for all who live and work here, and to be a supportive change agent that addresses some of the most vital community needs. We can only do that with your support.

Our Goal

YMCAs enhance community life by offering support for families, enrichment for youth, adults  and seniors, and a focus on good health and positive values. Our SwedishAmerican Riverfront and Northeast Family YMCA branches are in need of updates and repairs to address changing community needs like crime, belonging, safety and health.  

In order to grow, the YMCA will need to raise dollars to repair and remodel buildings, expand service offerings into additional communities and continue to build partnerships.  

The first phase of our expansion will include changes at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.  As the region’s oldest and largest YMCA, this branch is so much more than a building, but rather a place where community is built and strengthened. As our community focuses on downtown beautification, cultural revitalization, and wide-reaching transformation, we believe that these projects are directly aligned with this vision. 
To help make the changes necessary to the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, we are seeking to raise an additional $5 million.  The projects include:
  • Pool upgrade. Improve mechanicals, add new slides, windows and pool deck.
  • Main lobby renovation improving accessibility to the lobby and improving the member experience, including a lounge space and expanded member service center.  
  • Updated classrooms on the third floor to accommodate a partner organization (the partner is paying for this portion of the remodel).
  • Adventure Park Addition to include spaces that will attract families and children -- both members and non-members seeking daily admission.  The space will include a trampoline park, indoor high ropes course, party rooms, a new entrance on the east side of the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA for easy access to the park and the classroom space. 
  • Addition of space for a new partner on the first floor including renovation of existing fitness center for partner (partner will pay for their portion of remodel), and a new corridor connecting the main lobby to the new fitness center addition.  
  • Renovation of main gymnasium to include new basketball courts and new flooring, skylights to improve lighting, reconfiguration of exercise studios and wall climbing area.
  • Upgrade lighting in racquetball courts to LED fixtures, reconfigure two racquetball courts into exercise studios (keeping 4 courts) and add windows to exercise studios. 
  • New riverview fitness area to increase program space.