Update on Cabin Rebuild Project at Camp Y-Wood!
First, our thanks to so many of you for answering our call for help last year when an arsonist destroyed the existing Main Cabin just as camp was set to open for the season. With donations from our generous sponsors, grant foundations and our insurance claim, we raised funds as well as 75 in-kind items, and opened camp on-time for the 2010 season.
Since then, we've been busy! Originally, we intended simply to rebuild the Main Cabin in time for the opening of Camp Y-Wood this season. However, during the planning phase, we opted to enhance the building in order to provide campers with a more robust camp experience. To this end, the cabin will…
- be almost 3-times larger - providing an inviting, central meeting place, especially during inclement weather;
- be insulated - making it available in fall and spring seasons for after-school and weekend youth activities;
- have indoor bathrooms (a first at Camp Y-Wood!).
Building Schedule & Cost:
Because of the increased size and plumbing, we must install a septic system. This necessitated obtaining state permits, which delayed the rebuilding process and added costs to the project.
To assure the safety of our campers, construction will begin in late August, after camp closes for the season. Our contractor, Jeff Woods Construction of North Andover, estimates completion will take between 60 and 90 days, weather permitting.
The total cost for the cabin rebuild is $183,000. We have already raised $120,070, thanks to generous donors, grant foundations and our insurance claim. We plan to fundraise for the remaining $62,930, in order to avoid dipping in to our Rainy Day Fund.
How You Can Help
Again, we are seeking to supplement our fund raising efforts of last year to raise the remaining $62,930 so we can avoid using our Rainy Day Fund. To support this effort with a donation, knowing that your gift will help assure an enriching, safe and fun summer for so many low-income children in Greater Lawrence, you have two options:
- Your gift may be made online securely through PayPal by clicking here.
- Your gift may be a check made out to the YWCA, and mailed to:
YWCA of Greater Lawrence
Attn: Susan McNeff
38 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Meanwhile, Camp Y-Wood is opening on schedule and we are looking forward to another successful season!
For additional details, please read our one-page Case Statement of the camp project.
For updates on how our fund raising campaign is going, see the status on our Facebook page [search: YWCA of Greater Lawrence]!
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