Matching donations challenge announced at NorthCoast Community Woodshop’s Saturday, May 18, general meeting.

The turn-out for our recent working general meeting was not as big as expected, with the weather outside being so gorgeous, as well as college graduations and yard work vying for attention. Nevertheless, those who were present continued the demolition of the defunct skate track and were able to hear, first hand about NCCW’s big fundraiser announcement, along with other details of NCCW’s activities to date.

The fundraiser announced on Saturday is an opportunity for NCCW that cannot be ignored or refused. Two generous (and anonymous) people from our community are offering matching donations totaling $6,000.  People in the community want our wood shop to succeed.

NCCW will be forming a fundraising committee and we will be conducting fundraising activities in the near future. We will coordinate our activities with the Avon Lake Community Council.

This is going to be a badly needed shot in the arm for NCCW as our total start-up costs are estimated to be approximately $18,000.  Since the matching funds challenge was announced on Saturday, we received $355 in donations. With the match this turns into $710. This is a great start. If you would like to add to this by giving a non-tax deductible donation made payable to NorthCoast Community Woodshop, or NCCW, it can be mailed to the following address:

NCCW, Attn:   Treasurer    32296 Acacia Ct.   Avon Lake, Ohio 44012 

NorthCoast Community Woodshop, LLC is a nonprofit company in the state of Ohio. It was formed from a dream that two friends and community residents had. Bob McDonald of Lorain inherited some woodworking machines from his father in-law, while Tom Patton, who owns Artstown Plaza shopping center in Avon Lake had space. Bob committed to donate the woodworking machines to NCCW and Tom has committed to provide the facility rent-free for the first 2 years. From this idea, the community was invited to attend a meeting to explore the possibility of starting a wood shop in Avon Lake. Approximately 50 people turned out for this meeting back in February. From this meeting a board of directors was formed. The board has been meeting every Wednesday since then. We became an LLC company on March 8, 2013. We are in the process of applying for our 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS ,which, once obtained will allow donations to be tax deductible.

We want to promote the craft of woodworking in our community through classes, demonstrations and workshops; to establish and maintain a woodworking shop for use by members and participants in classes; to educate the community in the safe use of tools, the proper techniques of woodworking and maintaining woodworking equipment; to perform charity works in woodworking for the community through its woodworking projects and other service projects that benefit the community; and to maintain the long tradition of woodworking in the community both for the benefit of senior citizens and youth; to kindle a love of craftsmanship and to encourage our members to provide community services in woodworking.

At the start of this concept, our balance sheet showed $0 in the bank. However, we have been able to meet ongoing expenses though the generous donations of committed future members. Currently we have 76 interested and committed people from the community. Some are from as far away as Highland Heights.  The skill level in woodworking of these people ranges from novice, wanting to learn, to, skilled instructor, willing to teach. Membership is the key to our success. Memberships will be offered in the near future.

Our next general meeting will be held on June 22 at 9:30am at 33501 Lake Rd. Avon Lake, Ohio. Mark your calendar, plan to attend and bring a friend!

Volunteers continue demolition of old defunct skate track. Left to right: Mark Fenderbosch, Bruce Clarke, Jack Mcguire and Carl Kosakowski

Volunteers continue demolition of old defunct skate track. Left to right: Mark Fenderbosch, Bruce Clarke, Jack McGuire and Carl Kosakowski.

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