ZACK'S PLACE ANNOUNCES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN KICK OFF
Zack's Place Enrichment Center, Inc. is thrilled to announce their capital campaign to raise $442,000 to purchase the building in which they presently rent space at 73 Central Street in Woodstock, Vermont, together with two nearby parking lots. This is exciting news as it gives Zack's Place a permanent place to operate and it secures the future in a location that is perfect for their needs. This price includes $58,000 of improvements which will maintain the integrity of the building and allow expansion of the rental space on the second floor as well as $8,000 of closing costs.
The building has been listed for sale in recent years but the owner has recently advised that before reducing the price considerably in a public offering, he would give Zack's Place the right of first refusal to buy the building at the very favorable rate of $375,000.
Our Enrichment Center serves over 50 individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. We are open Monday through Friday, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and all of our programming is offered free. Our programs, which are often taught by professional instructors, include not only art in many mediums, exercise, yoga, music, and theater, but also a place where people who would otherwise be sitting at home, oftentimes alone, gather, meet new people, enjoy lunch together, and have real friends that include not only the other participants, but members of the community at large. We produce and star in two musicals a year, and also offer adaptive skiing, bicycling, canoeing and horseback riding. All of our operating and program expenses are supported through private grants and donations.
Our highly visible, central village location is ideal with easy access, large, bright spaces, a kitchen, and a courtyard where we often sit and work on art projects in good weather. We walk to the Town Green where many activities are held, to the library, the town hall, and to many local stores which stock and sell our greeting card line created by our very own participant artists.
As of today, October 23, 2013, the families and Board have successfully met a $25,000 matching grant, by raising over $32,000. To date Zack's Place has raised $366,000 from corporate foundations, large private donations, matching grants, memorial funds and personal donations.
We are thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to secure a permanent home for Zack's Place.
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