The mission of Jacksonville Community Center (JCC) is: to create a community center to serve as a gathering place for all ages in Jacksonville and its environs, with programs that meet community needs, enhance the quality of life, and promote community involvement through education, cultural activities, music, arts, recreation, and wellness, in a facility that is well maintained, accessible and safe. JCC is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Since 1998, the Jacksonville Community Center has been housed in a small, 842-square-foot cottage at Fourth and Main Street in Jacksonville. The two-room cottage was remodeled by volunteers and has been used by local non-profit organizations for meetings, crafts, music and social activities, and for the staging of parades and other Jacksonville events. However, the cottage was intended to be a temporary solution, which could not come close to housing all the activities that residents desired.
Jacksonville Seniors, Inc. had the vision to create a separate nonprofit, Jacksonville Community Center, with the purpose of establishing a larger community center for adults and children in this area. For many years, the profits of the Jacksonville Collectibles and Thrift Store as well as the funds from the Celebrate the Arts festival, were conserved in anticipation of constructing a larger Center.
- January 2014: City Council unanimously votes for Jacksonville Community Center to move ahead with plans to build a multi-use expanded community center for use of residents and visitors of all ages.
- November 2014: Fifty Year $1.00/year Lease signed for the property by Jacksonville Mayor Paul Beckerand Jacksonville Community Center President Jerry Ferronato; property line adjustment is made to increase buildable land.
- December 2015: Jacksonville Seniors, Inc. signs cooperative agreement committing $153,200 toward construction of the Center; Ausland Group engaged as contractor of record.
- March 2016: City Administrator Alvis and Mayor Becker concur with building plans.
- Spring 2016: Jacksonville Planning Commission and Historic Architectural Review Commission unanimously approve project.
- July 2016: Public campaign for individual and business contributions begins – over $127,000 in contributions and pledges from 134 individuals and businesses made by January 2018.
- Summer 2016 – Winter 2018: Grants for the capital project totaling over $295,000 secured from the following foundations: Carpenter Foundation, Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation, Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Jacksonville Boosters Foundation, Jacksonville Rotary, Jacksonville Woodlands Association, The Oregon Community Foundation and West Family Foundation. In addition, grants supporting programs and operations are awarded by the City of Jacksonville, Carpenter Foundation and the Driscoll Foundation
- April 2017: Jacksonville Seniors, Inc. presents a check for $153, 200 to JCC, representing conserved funds from years of sales at their Collectibles and Thrift Store.
- May 2017: Groundbreaking ceremony is attended by nearly 100 people: residents of all ages, JCC founders, Mayor, City Councilors, funders and media representatives.
- July 2017: Construction commences on the site, including building the new addition as well as renovation of the cottage.
- Summer 2017: JCC Program Committee volunteers work on developing programs and activities for all ages at the expanded Center, including reaching out to instructors and organizations.
- Fall 2017: Landscaping Committee volunteers develop a plan for the exterior grounds of the building, including a pollinator garden to attract bees and butterflies. They secure in-kind donations of labor and materials to build the gardens in the spring of 2018.
- Fall 2017: Over 30 community volunteers spend hundreds of hours renovating the Sampson cottage, including re-glazing windows, painting inside and out, remodeling the bathroom and installing new HVAC.
- Spring 2018: Construction is expected to be completed with a Grand Opening for the community. Stay tuned!