The YMCA of Central Virginia is embarking on the most ambitious undertaking in our storied 166-year history. The successful completion of the $11.5 million Building for a Better US® Capital Campaign will completely transform our current Downtown YMCA into the new Schewel-Clark Family YMCA.

At the heart of this building, transformation is a new 3-story, 23,000 square foot addition to replace the current lower portion of the building facing Church Street. This "Y of the future" will provide an open, welcoming environment with critical new spaces for community health programs, youth education and support, individual and group wellness, and family programming.



"To me the Y has always been the place, perhaps the only place, in our society where any and all distinctions of age, gender, race, religion, and appearance, and socio-economic status are submerged in a true melting pot"

Marc Schewel
Chair, Building for a Better US! Capital Campaign


"The YMCA of Central Virginia is such a valuable asset for the Lynchburg community. The Y epitomizes the true meaning of a community partner, which is why I'm honored and excited to have been asked to join their Board."

Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar
President, University of Lynchburg

dr crystal m edwards

"Lynchburg City Schools supports and applauds the Y's efforts to deliver valuable educational experiences and resources for students, families, staff and the community. The expansion of the Downtown Y will provide our students with access to more off-campus enrichment programs."

Dr. Crystal M. Edwards
Superintendent Lynchburg City Schools

Key Features of New Schewel-Clark Family YMCA


mary jane pryor

"Charlie and I appreciate the Y for so many reasons, in part because of the expansive community investment for programs that include all ages—especially children with so many unmet needs."

Mary Jane Pryor
Former Board President
YMCA of Central Virginia

sackett wood

"With the tremendous downtown revitalization going on, now is the time for a major transformation of our Downtown Y."

Sackett Wood
Steering Committee Member
Building for a Better US! Capital Campaign

tom capps

"Candidly, it wasn't until we were approached to make a leadership gift to the capital campaign that I became aware of the full impact the Y has in Lynchburg. They are about much more than just health and fitness. We were very impressed with the staff and the various programs they provide."

Tom Capps
Lynchburg Community Leader

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Mary Taylor


Mary Taylor

Association Development Director

YMCA of Central Virginia

(434) 660-4827