Capital Campaign to Raise 2 Million for New Building


The Onslow Community Outreach organization has raised $360,000 for their new building. Within two to three years, the group hopes that number will be $2 million.Before being introduced to the new capital campaign at the 26th annual Onslow Community Outreach meeting, attendees were told of the 2015 achievements of the program.

The outreach program was founded in 1990, and Executive Director Theo McClammy said there are still some volunteers who remember the day it opened. No one showed up. Fast forward to 2015 and McClammy said the outreach program’s soup kitchen helped 1,700 people and distributed 130,000 meals. The Caring Community Clinic grew the number of patients by 424 percent, seeing 929.Volunteers worked 20,000 hours in these areas and with Christmas Cheer, which helped almost 4,000 people total. The homeless shelter helped 250 people.

The locations used now no longer have the adequate space needed to perform, McClammy said. So, in October of 2015, the organization purchased the old Piggly Wiggly in the New River section of town at 1210 Hargett St for $650,000. The ultimate fundraising goal is $2 million, and McClammy said the organization hopes to finish renovations within two-to-three years.

The building is 27,000 square feet and will house a volunteer support center, Christmas Cheer, homeless shelter and soup kitchen. “As the community has grown, the needs have grown,” McClammy said. The soup kitchen helps many people in addition to the homeless, including those who need a little extra to help them from paycheck to paycheck, McClammy said.“They’re looking for ways to help stretch those modest dollars as far as they can,” he explained.The soup kitchen may see 125 people in one day with the homeless shelter serving a maximum of 26, and McClammy said there just isn’t enough room. The soup kitchen and the homeless shelter are currently operating within 1,800 square feet each. It’s been difficult to find a good place to house Christmas Cheer in the past, McClammy said.

The new building will allow 4,480 square feet for the homeless shelter, 2,000 square feet for the soup kitchen and 16,000 square feet for Christmas Cheer.While Christmas Cheer is used during more of the winter, the rest of the year the space will be open for community activities and organizations to use. The building is strong, McClammy said, with good drainage and in a great location. It was a good investment, he said, but it was a tradeoff for the amount of demolition and updates, including plumbing and electricity, that will need to happen.

Built between 1930 and 1940, McClammy said the first part of renovations, called Phase One, will focus on demolition and safety concerns to ensure the building is ready for occupancy. Phase One is in progress now and should wrap up by the end of March.

(this story was posted in JD News online on February , 2016)

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