Mission Statement:  To have an active community center for the area.

The ARCC Community Center is a nonprofit organization 501C3

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Akeley Regional Community Center (ARCC)


 

 In the winter of 2002 the Walker/Hackensack/Akeley school district requested bids for the purchase of the old Akeley school building. Chris Conger was awarded the bid for his unheard of bid of $3. There were other bids but they were to demolish the building or to make apartments or other things that would not have preserved the building as it was. The board determined that it was most important to maintain the building as a community center as Mr. Conger proposed.

On August 31, 2006, Mr. Conger signed over the ARCC to a 6-8 member board. The current board consists of Chairman - Larry Holm, Vice Chairman - Karen Andress, Vice Chairperson – Kenny Holm, Treasurer – Lori Muller, Clerk and members at large - Keith Andress and David Andress.

The whole complex is now incorporated as a non-profit organization and the building houses the Corner Clothing Store, the largest used book store in the area, the Corner Furniture/Misc. Store, the public library and the Paul Bunyan Archery Club. Public meeting rooms are available to rent or use depending on whether non-profit or for profit. The new gymnasium is also available for use. Right now it is used regularly by Home School children. There are also spaces to rent for offices and one apartment is up and running and occupied. Another apartment has been started and plans for more will hopefully be in the near future.

The Corner Clothing store came into being in August of 2003 when Ruth Spicer endeavored to open a used clothing store that would both benefit the area by providing good used clothing and helping to pay the fuel bill at the ARCC. The first day’s sales totaled $13 and the largest days sale to date is $701.00. Workers at the clothing store are unpaid volunteers, and two part time paid maintenance people. The Furniture Store was added in 2006. Any good, useable, workable, saleable, clean items may be donated and tax receipts are available.

For Rent
At this time there are still areas that may be rented for businesses. One of these is a 13’x20’ (260 sq ft) foot room with a shared commons area for $250/mo. Other areas may become available in the future.

Projects
1908 Roof: This project was completed in 2011 through a grant from the USDA.
Other projects are to put a new ceiling in the auditorium, make more apartments available, repair the brick on the exterior of the building, and paint all the wood on the exterior. There are, of course, many other smaller projects waiting in the wings. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

Fund Raisers/Donations
Contributions are always welcome and needed at the ARCC for ongoing expenses, maintenance and improvements. At this time donations of articles to be sold at the Furniture/Misc. store are welcome as well as good, clean clothing to the Clothing store.


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