HOLMEN AREA COMMUNITY CENTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is a community center needed in Holmen?

  • In 2011, a part-time youth center was forced to close in Holmen because more than 100 youth were showing up each day and limited space raised safety concerns
  • The population in Holmen continues to grow
  • After school and early evening are critical times for adolescents to make healthy decisions – the need is real
  • Our seniors also have few options for places to gather and often must travel to Onalaksa or LaCrosse to receive the support and services they need
  • Most communities our size offer space for positive, productive and safe programming designed to improve the lives of its citizens. Our citizens deserve that too

What size will the community center be and whom will it serve?

  • Phase 1 is a 16,000-square ft. facility designed to serve youth, seniors and young families
  • Phase 2 is the construction of a gymnasium contingent on additional funds raised

Where will the community center be located?

  • Land for the community center has been secured and is located on McHugh Road between the high school and the middle school making it ideal for area youth
  • The Festival location (and many other locations in our community) has been researched and has proven to be cost prohibitive

What kinds of programs/services will be offered at the community center?

  • Twelve area agencies (see additional handout) have signed memos of understanding offering programming and services that will meet the needs of our citizens
  • Much of the programming will have an inter-generational focus
  • After school and evening youth programming will also be offered

What is the cost of the facility and how much money has been raised so far?

  • Costs for Phase 1 of the building plan are estimated at $3,000,000 and to date, two-thirds of this cost has been raised through a combination of donations, pledges and in-kind gifts

How much will it cost to operate the community center each year?

  • Based on figures from comparable facilities in our area, operational costs are estimated at about $300,000 per year

How will the operational budget be paid for?

  • Operational costs will be covered through sources such as: leasing opportunities; facility/banquet rentals; grants/foundation dollars; community fund raising events; and individual/business contributions
  • In-kind services (lawn care, snow removal, etc.) are welcome and may off set some operational expense

How will the operational budget be paid for?

  • Operational costs will be covered through sources such as: leasing opportunities; facility/banquet rentals; grants/foundation dollars; community fund raising events; and individual/business contributions
  • In-kind services (lawn care, snow removal, etc.) are welcome and may off set some operational expense

Who will run the community center?

  • A site director will be hired to schedule all partner agencies and manage day –to- day operations
  • A board of directors has been formed to administer policy and govern budget and personnel decisions
  • Representatives from area agencies will share responsibility for running individual programming and will work with the site director to coordinate schedules and services

When is the community center going to be built?

  • Building design and permits will be complete in May of 2018 and groundbreaking will be held when all funding has been secured

Why is the Day of Giving campaign so critical now?

  • This Day of Giving event is an effort to provide evidence that our community can and will support providing programming and services for our friends and neighbors who need them most
  • Sustainability has been a question surrounding this project from the very beginning and the Day of Giving event will go a long way in making a case for everyone doing a little, so everyone gets a lot
  • If we all do our part, this project can happen and will succeed
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