Creating great futures together
A unique community partnership has been formed to address a critical need within the larger Holmen community. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Dave and Barb Skogen, the Holmen community has the opportunity to establish a Boys & Girls Club and community center within the former Festival Food building on Holmen Drive.
Centrally located with adjacent parking this facility will include space for Boys & Girls Club programs, space for more senior members of the area, spaces for the School District of Holmen and community use including two gymnasiums and a playground. Making these collaborations happen requires dollars to assist with renovations and program developments.
The need is real
The northern La Crosse County corridor is the second fast population growth area in the state. A safe and welcoming space for the residents of the area is vital.
For youth – According to La Crosse County, the most dangerous time for youth is between 3 and 7 pm. Even though Holmen is the largest school in the Mississippi Conference it is the only one that does not have a dedicated space for after-school activities and learning support, putting many kids at risk.
For retirees – Similarly, people of retirement age do not have a center for socialization, medical and nutritional support, and many other needs.
The momentum is building
The greater Holmen community has already committed significant support for this project providing funds, in-kind donations and volunteerism. This is an exciting time to be a part of the community.
Design of the new facility is now underway.
Here is a preliminary concept:
Community Challenge 2020
It is understood that this type of programming requires ongoing financial support before renovation can begin in 2020, so the Holmen Area Community Center has agreed to conduct a new Capital Campaign to raise an additional $2,000,000 to support the development of the community center, contribute to the cost of renovations of the community space and to provide for the first three years of programming expenses for all programs.
If the local community steps up to raise the money, the dreams of the organization will become a reality and the facility could be open within a year.