Since 1998, the Jacksonville Community Center has been housed in a small 842-square-foot cottage on City-owned property at Fourth and Main Street in Jacksonville. The two-room cottage was remodeled by volunteers and has been used by local organizations for meetings, crafts, music, social activities, and the staging of parades and other events. The Jacksonville Community Center was incorporated in 2000 and received its tax-exempt status in 2005 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, operated by the Jacksonville Seniors, Inc., as well as the funds from the Celebrate the Arts festival were conserved in anticipation of constructing a larger Center.
In November 2014, JCC signed a 50-year lease with the City of Jacksonville for the cottage and surrounding land, enabling JCC to develop plans for the new Center. In July of 2016 JCC initiated its capital building campaign with a pledge of $153,200 from the Jacksonville Seniors and funds of $60,000 conserved from JCC and Celebrate the Arts. In total over $744,000 has been raised from foundations, organizations, individuals and businesses.
In May 2017 JCC held a groundbreaking ceremony that was attended by nearly 100 people including residents of all ages, JCC founders, the Mayor, City Councilors, funders and media representatives. In 2017 and 2018 dozens of volunteers donated thousands of hours of work on demolition, remodeling, painting, landscaping, walkways and pollinator gardens of the community center. In January 2019 the Jacksonville Community Center celebrated its Grand Opening and officially opened its doors for business.
JCC is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.