ABC Learning Center struggles to raise funds for a new roof
Situated in a small older building near Viking Park in East Carbon is the ABC Learning Center. Seen as a place in the community for students to go to after school and for people in the community to stop by and use the available computers, it plays a role in helping many, both young and old, in the community.
However the building, which was the former senior citizens center, has begun showing signs of old age. Improvements have been made in the building, including taking out an old boiler, but there are still issues that need to be addressed, according to Joyce Caviness, who helps work at the center.
Caviness along with others from the ABC Learning Center are now looking to deal with another issue: a new roof. Over the past year she has been looking into helping to procure a new roof for the center including from the East Carbon City Council and the Carbon County Commissioners. Caviness said she estimates a new roof for the center, made of aluminum, would come at a cost of $20,000.
To help cover that cost for a new roof, Caviness said she applied for a grant from the Eccles Foundation, based out of Salt Lake City. The Foundation, which was created by George S. Eccles and Dolores Dore Eccles in 1960, concentrates on philanthropic work including work that gives back to the community in areas such as education, arts and culture, community, health care and preservation and conservation.
Caviness said she has received approval for the grant, but she must first take care of one more issue. Because the money is being presented in the form of a last dollar grant, Caviness said the ABC Learning Center must raise $5,000 to pay in for the funding.
"We're in the process of raising money for the work right now," she explained. "The Eccles Foundation is expecting that the community will help support the funding for the project as well."
Caviness said she has talked with the Carbon County Commissioners at a recent meeting about putting forth some money towards the $5,000 the center needs for the grant. The commissioners said the budget has already been created for the current fiscal year which leaves little room for added costs. They did request that Caviness stay in touch with the county on the progress of the project.
Caviness was scheduled to go before the East Carbon City Council on Tuesday night, but was unable to make it due to a busy schedule. The topic was not discussed by the city council.
After working at the ABC Learning Center for over 12 years, Caviness said the center has been doing very well with local school children visiting the center on a regular basis.
"On some days there are up to 25 children who come to the center after school," Caviness said. "Many who visit the center spend time playing with others and also doing their homework before they head home."
The roof has been on the building since the 1970s, Caviness said, and has been causing some problems on the inside of the building. Leaking in some areas has caused paint to peel off the walls and shingles have fallen off the roof during the year due to high winds.
"We don't want to have to redo the entire inside of the building," she said.
Caviness said she signed on for the grant on Aug. 1, 2011 and the funding will be available until this coming spring if the $5,000 needed for the grant is raised.
To help raise funds for the project, Caviness said an account was created at the Eastern Utah Community Credit Union. Currently the account has $300 in it.
"Because we are a non-profit agency (501.c.3), we need the support of the community for this to happen," Caviness said.