The acronym HELP DRIVE represents our current needs:
Heat: Heating the building will be our highest yearly expense since we will not have to pay property taxes or make mortgage payments. We initially hope to make inexpensive upgrades to the boiler system to reduce operating expenses. Eventually, we hope to replace the boiler with a high efficiency boiler.
Entrance & Exit: Currently, the outside front steps and handrails are hazardous and the building is not ADA accessible. A safe and attractive front entrance will enhance our community center. A rear entrance and exit for both floors will also be built to safely drop off and pick up people.
Lift: We plan to install a commercial vertical wheelchair lift in the new rear entrance to make both floors accessible to every citizen.
Plumbing: There are currently four tiny bathrooms that do not meet ADA requirements. They all need to be enlarged and upgraded. We have three plumbing companies providing free labor.
Donations: Our goal is to complete Phase II as quickly as possible without incurring any debt or mortgage. Your one time "bricks and mortar" donation is needed, appreciated and tax deductible.
Roof: The 3,000 sq. ft. roof is old and will soon be in need of attention. We think we are good for now, but our goal is to eventually install a new rubber membrane roof, which will provide years of trouble free maintenance.
Insulation: This 1954 cement block building has very little insulation. We plan on insulating the walls and attic/roof. We also intend to replace the single pane windows on the lower floor
Volunteers: Volunteer helpers supervised by volunteer builders will keep costs low for much of the renovation. Community volunteer staffers will be needed and welcomed when the community center opens.
Electrical: The building utilizes a 1954 fuse box. We are planning on upgrading the electrical wiring and coordinating it with the insulation of interior walls.
You can HELP DRIVE the Boyne Country Community Center to a great future.
Your financial support of our effort to open a community center will have a huge impact on our town and hopefully inspire other small towns to start their own community center.
Please make checks payable to: Boyne Country Community Center, Inc.
Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 323 Boyne City, MI 49712
All donations are tax deductible. Boyne Country Community Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Our non-profit tax number is: 27-0546245.
Donations of $500, $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on a permanent plaque in the building’s entrance.