SOUTHSIDE — Progress, though at times slow, is identified by forward motion.
It’s been a few years now since volunteers began raising funds for a new dining hall at the 4-H camp in Southside. Though more money is needed to complete that mission, progress has definitely been made.
Members of the West Virginia Army National Guard have provided free labor for the project, getting the building up and under roof last month. The next phase of the project is raising money to pour concrete for the building, with the estimate on this project coming in at $19,000.
Around $60,000 has been raised for the entire project at this time and following the phase which includes the pouring of concrete, will be financing the interior, including electrical and plumbing and purchasing appliances, installing heating and cooling, etc.
The entire project is estimated to cost $100,000 when it’s all said and done. Organizers hope to have the new dining hall done by next summer, but that will depend on raising more funds. This year, 4-H campers were sent to Ritchie County for the annual camp.
With organizers having around $8,000 in the bank at the moment after purchasing needed supplies for the initial phase of construction, clearly, more is needed to bring the project to fruition. It’s estimated $24,000 will be needed to do the heating and cooling system, $56,000 needed to complete the interior, including electrical and appliances, and that’s not all. However, organizers are taking this project one completed phase at a time.
The National Guard personnel have committed to providing free labor and will continue to work on the project as the money comes in and phases can be completed.
The former dining hall was more than 60 years old and had been sorely in need of repairs and updating.
For those who wish to get involved, call the extension office to donate at 304-675-0888. Memorial bricks are also being sold to be placed at the site of the new dining hall as a fundraiser with organizers saying several other fund raising events are being planned to keep progress moving steadily forward.
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