|12/12/2013 4:03:00 PM|
Chelan Valley Hope, food bank team up
Submitted by Sharon Lukacs
|CVH and LCFB Board Members hold first joint meeting at 417 Bradley Street last month. From left to right: Jim Batdorf, Pat Batdorf, Kyle Plew, Maxine Moore, Scott McKellar, Linda Van Lunsen, Sharon Lukacs, Rich Watson, Kathi Fedor. Not present: Paul Palumbo, Jeanie Haskill, Bill Parker, Sarah Barnes, CherylAnn Crego.|
The Lake Chelan Food Bank and Chelan Valley Hope are very thankful this season for the prospect of a new home. They plan to move in together in the former library building on Bradley Street this January.
Both organizations have had to wander from one temporary location to another over the past few years. This has been costly and inefficient leading to constant questions about where to go for services. Finally, both organizations will be able to focus on the needs of the families and individuals they serve without the distraction of making accommodations to function in their temporary quarters.
The city's RFP process in October resulted in the selection of the CVH proposal for joint Food Bank and CVH occupancy of the Bradley Street building; and, on Nov. 26, the city council voted to approve a proposed two-year lease with Chelan Valley Hope for this building. The Lake Chelan Food Bank has signed an agreement to sublet from Chelan Valley Hope with the expectation that they will together develop a capital campaign for the eventual purchase of the building.
The former library space seems ideally suited for this partnership in size, location, parking and accessibility. Chelan Valley Hope needs to have a couple interview rooms, a private office, meeting rooms, storage and a computer/reception area. The Lake Chelan Rotary Club has once again stepped up to meet a community need with their offer to fund and construct interior partition walls and to provide weatherization modifications to the building. Scott McKellar, Kit Couchee, and Ron Hart are Chairs of the construction efforts. The food bank area will receive replacement floor covering and some storage cabinets. Jim Batdorf, board member of the food bank, is the chair for those work efforts. Floor plans drawn up by Rich Moore allow for maximum operating efficiency for both groups to use the main floor without major changes to the space. In the future, other community groups and satellite agency personnel will be able to utilize some of the rooms on a weekly or monthly basis. For now the basement will be used for storage.
The remaining steps that must take place prior to occupancy include holding a Conditional Use Permit Hearing required by the city because of zoning, having the submitted building permit for interior changes approved by the city and completing the interior construction after the holidays. Step 4 will be initiating a capital campaign to finance the purchase of the building, which will commence next month. Linda Van Lunsen will be heading the group that leads this effort.
This Christmas season you can join in helping the new "Partners in the Valley" by giving money, food, or non-food donations or by volunteering your time and expertise for the project. Local businesses Latte Da, Tsillan Cellars, The Vogue, Fromaggios, the Lake Chelan Mirror, Dr. Katheryn Polley, Lakeland Veterinary Clinic and Chelan Printing & Custom Signs are dropoff locations for the drive.
For more information, contact Linda Van Lunsen, LC Valley Food Bank at 509-393-1950, Sharon Lukacs, Executive Director, Chelan Valley Hope at 509-860-5017, or Rev. Sylvia Dabney at 509-682-9381.
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