Line of Credit Fundraising Drive
For several years, NEFC has been forced to resort to a line of credit to meet the end of summer payroll for our seasonal staff. We have then paid off that line of credit the following spring as camper fees begin coming in for the upcoming summer. Unfortunately, that puts us in a position of needing to resort to the line of credit again at the end of that summer to meet payroll.
As we work to build a strategic plan for the future, one of the critical pieces is to stabilize our cash flow. To that end, we are embarking on a month-long fundraising campaign, specifically to pay off this line of credit. This will allow us to meet the summer expenses with the current summer income, and help us move towards the future without carrying any debt.
If you are a regular donor to NEFC we ask that you NOT change that donation to this fundraising campaign. The regular donations that come in are critical towards meeting our ongoing expenses. Instead, we would ask everyone to see if they can donate above and beyond their regular gifts to help meet this specific need.
Thank you for all your support of the ministry here at NEFC!
Main Camp Building Project
As many of you know, during the summer of 2011 we had a visit from the State Fire Marshall. As a result of that visit, we were informed that the combination of housing, assembly (dining hall), and a commercial kitchen created some significant fire code issues that required fast action. The only resolution that we could see was to build a new kitchen and dining hall.
As our new director, Wayne Littlefield, has acclimated himself to camp, over the last several months there have been some serious discussions about this new kitchen and dining hall, and its location. Specifically, Wayne has highlighted the question as to whether next to A-Lodge was the best location for this facility. Due to the fact that it had to be a multi-stage building project, we did not see any other location to put this building. We acknowledged that such a large building in the middle of main camp would make the area feel very confined, but since we anticipated building the kitchen first, and still needing to use the existing dining hall in A-Lodge, there was no other practical location for this building.
However, upon continued conversation with the local fire chief, Wayne discovered that the largest issue was with the dormitory housing in A-Lodge. If we could move the staff and retreat housing out of A-Lodge, the majority of the issues would be addressed. To that end, the board has made the decision to convert the plans and the foundation for the new kitchen and dining hall into a 30' by 60' dormitory space.
In the short term, because it may still take a year or two to raise funds and complete this building, we need to upgrade a few things in the existing kitchen, such as a fire suppression system and a new hood. Doing these projects will give us additional time to continue housing summer support staff and off-season rental groups while we build the dormitory.
It is important to recognize that this does NOT mean we no longer need a new kitchen. This will still be a necessary and critical step for camp to more forward. However, this gives us enough time to fully evaluate camp property, create a master plan, and determine the best location for the new kitchen and dining hall, rather than being forced into a specific location and design.
Once we have determined a floor plan for this new dormitory, we will restart our fundraising for it. Please continue to support this project through your prayers and donations.