Campaign Summary from Board President Doug Mah
The $3.5M Neighbors Helping Neighbors capital campaign has come to a close. We held our first fundraising event and sent out our first appeal letter. The Governor even crashed one of our parties. We are pleased and humbled by the trust you’ve placed in us and the support you’ve so generously given.
In the coming months you’ll be invited to celebrate with us as we rename the downtown building where we’ve operated for over 20 years. Thanks to a generous donation by local philanthropists Fred Goldberg and Carolyn Lakewold, the building will be renamed the Eva Goldberg Client Service Center and be devoted entirely to the service of the clients who depend on us, with a larger inside waiting area, an express line and more space for community education efforts.
Our new building will be called the Warehouse and Distribution Center (WDC). This modern warehouse is located on Mottman Road near the South Puget Sound Community College. In February, we will begin moving dry storage into the building. Cold storage and frozen goods will be next, following the installation of a large-scale refrigeration unit. Last, staff and volunteers will begin moving satellite, mobile and FORKids operations activities into their new home.
We’ve still got some work to do on both buildings – interior upgrades and renovations at both buildings and the installation of refrigeration and second-floor office space at the WDC will take some time but we look forward to inviting you in to see what you helped build.
The success of this capital campaign was a result of the support and generosity that the Food Bank has been privileged to receive from this community for over 40 years. We are excited to see what the future brings and, thanks to you, we feel ready for anything.
In this wrap-up report you’ll find lots of information about the details of the campaign and information about what comes next. We look forward to seeing you soon at a community or volunteering event at the Client Service Center or the Warehouse and Distribution Center.
Doug Mah, Chair
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Capital Campaign