Community Connections Center Staying Connected to our Community and World

We have officially been open 4 months. That is hard to believe. It was just yesterday we were gutting the buildings and hauling the stuff to the dump. Since we opened March 1st we have seen a steady increase in usage. In March we had 409 computer usages, in April 510 and in May 794, mid-June was at 546. Total signed up users since the middle of June are 204 with 130 adults and 74 students. We have 15 trained volunteers that help keep the center open 7 days a week. New people are signing up every day. Since opening we have had approximately 30 people take beginning computer classes. Just today a young gal came in to type up a resume, of course there are the kids that are not getting into trouble on the streets because they hang out here, people checking e-mail, watching TV, doing homework, researching, keeping up with the world news, doing their e-bay business, home-based businesses and more. Two ladies from Canada have stopped by and needed to print a receipt in order to cross over the border. Printing income tax returns and the list goes on. What did we do before we had the Community Connections Center?

So what about that second building? Has it been used? Glad you asked. It has held a gun safety class (30 attending), an after school Kid’s club for 3 months (average 8 kids each week), weekly Narcotics Anonymous Meetings (growing from 2 to 8), Growing Healthy/Eating Healthy Workshop (35 in attendance), Food Sustainability and Healthy Eating Workshop (34 in attendance), Rural Resources Medical Insurance Counseling, SCORE Counseling (Retired Business Executive counseling new entrepreneurs), an Artisan and Craftsman organizational meeting (20 attending) and an Artists Unveiling. I would say that covers about A – Z. If you have a use for the building, just call Sandi Everson at (509) 732-8847 or (509) 690-7548.

I think a huge thanks is due again to the USDA, EcliptixNet, and Art and Nina Grobben for this beautiful facility. On the horizon we want to fence the back yard for future events. It is just $50.00 a section which includes a plaque acknowledging your donation posted on the fence. If you want to donate a section of fence contact NCPR (509) 563-4502 and leave a message or call Sandi Everson at the above numbers.