Gates Foundation gives $70K to Adams State Community Partnerships

(06-26-2007)

Adams State will remodel its former Art Building -- originally the Student Union -- to serve as the Community Partnerships Center.

Adams State will remodel its former Art Building -- originally the Student Union -- to serve as the Community Partnerships Center.

A $70,000 grant from the Gates Family Foundation will support construction of Adams State College's Community Partnerships Center, according to Mary Hoffman, executive director of the center.

Remodeling of a vacant building on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont for the center will begin later this summer. It was constructed in the late 1950s as the Student Union, then served as the college's Art Building,

In appreciation of donations to match grants for the Community Partnerships Center, Adams State is offering these 1940s vintage desk/chairs.

In appreciation of donations to match grants for the Community Partnerships Center, Adams State is offering these 1940s vintage desk/chairs.

To raise matching funds for the grant, Community Partnerships is offering a donation incentive of 1940s vintage wooden desk/chairs that were originally installed in Richardson Hall classrooms. Proceeds from the "chair challenge" campaign will support new furnishings for the Center.

The chairs are available for $50 plus shipping. To contribute, contact Adams State Community Partnerships (719) 587-7230 or email nancy_molina@adams.edu

The Community Partnerships Center will serve as a gateway to the campus and a gathering place for community and campus staff, Hoffman said. The project previously received a $600,000 grant from the HUD Office of University Partnerships.

Adams State Community Partnership connects college resources with the community in order to increase the quality of life for all residents of the San Luis Valley. The Center has four main community service programs:

  • Community Organizing
  • Service Learning
  • Community Cultural Arts
  • Business Support

Building plans call for offices and meeting space for the College's Community Partnerships staff, community arts exhibit space, volunteer small business counseling space, two large rooms that will be used for community meetings, as well as for a community room for elementary and secondary students to receive additional science education when they visit the Planetarium

"This is a very cost effective way of turning an unused and currently unusable building, literally at the front door of the campus, into a tremendous college and community asset," Hoffman said. "We expect to increase the number of participants in our outreach program by at least 10 % during the first year at our new location."

Based in Denver, the Gates Family Foundation provides grants to Colorado-based projects and organizations that enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, and visit the state.

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By Julie Waechter