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Rotary to support Key remodeling

Sun, 03/03/2019 - 1:57pm

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From Left: Scott Richardson, Rotary president; Barry Carlson, Rotary president-elect; Cortney Fischer, Zoe Condon and Sky Mace, Northfield Union of Youth; Emily Fulton-Foley, executive director of Northfield Union of Youth; Richard Schulte, Rotary member; Chuck Follen, member of Union of Youth Board; and Jean Wakely, Rotary past president.

 

Northfield Rotary Club announced this week it will become a project partner with Northfield Union of Youth to help remodel The Key at 109 West Sixth Street, a touch-point for a variety of youth services.

The Union of Youth is planning a major reconfiguration of the floor plan this year at a cost of $150,000. Rotary is committed to providing a $20,000 donation and in-kind services, including sweat equity.

Emily Fulton-Foley, executive director of Northfield Union of Youth, said Rotary’s commitment represents a significant boost to the project.

“To Northfield Union of Youth, the support of Rotary is pivotal,” Fulton-Foley said. “They have provided support to crucial community actions and organizations for years. To have their influence and support is not only validation of the importance of our youth center, but it helps grow our mission of giving youth voice and power. If each Rotarian spoke to a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance about the work we are doing, our youth could be uplifted in ways that would impact their entire lives.”

The project is needed, Fulton-Foley says, because of increased usage — more than 22,000 youth visits over the past 24 months — and the need for safety upgrades and open programming space that allows for better staff supervision. The Union of Youth has been working around a warren of rooms left over from a 1950s design. The Rotary donation will be used specifically to upgrade the kitchen area. Rotary has been providing a meal once a month at The Key for the last 15 months.

For the past two years, Rotary has been working on a major international service project to bring clean water to several villages in Guatemala. With that project well underway, the club decided its next major project should address a local need.

“The Key project aligns perfectly with our identified areas of passion,” said Scott Richardson, president of Rotary, “We have the capacity to make a significant difference in the success of this project, and it provides many opportunities for member engagement.”

Rotary has partnered with The Union of Youth before in its effort to secure the building at 109 Sixth Street West. In the recent past, it has also supported the skate park at Old Memorial Park and the musical playground at Way Park.

Northfield Rotary Club is a service organization known for its work on youth exchange, polio eradication, climate change and promoting service above self. It meets every Thursday noon at Northfield United Methodist Church. Guests are welcome.

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