Food Pantry Building Project

$1,625 of $1,625 goal

Raised by 18 people in 6 months
Ed Melanson
on behalf of Ray Cisneros
 NORFOLK, MA
UPDATE: The build is finished, thank you to everyone that donated money and materials, and to everyone that helped bring this project to fruition. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Ed Melanson

Our Project

The Norfolk Food Pantry is in need of additional storage capacity to store the various donations made by our community.  The Lions are building a new 8’ by 20’ secure storage shed and are raising additional funds to help offset the cost of construction.  The Lions have committed $2,500 plus an earmarked donation received from a developer in town of $500.  Our overall construction cost will be approximately $6,000, so we are looking to raise an additional $3,000 through the GoFundMe process.  Any funds raised beyond our actual construction cost will be used to purchase non-perishable items for the Food Pantry or donated directly as cash. Construction has begun and will finish in the late summer to fall timeframe this year. Please look at our updates to see photos as we complete the building process. We are looking for help from the community - any donation will be appreciated not only by the Lions, but by all the people this project will serve.  Thank you in advance. 

The Norfolk Lions club is working with the Norfolk Food Pantry and the Emmanuel Baptist Church to build a new storage shed to house dry goods and other non-perishable items.  The Norfolk Food Pantry which opened in 1992, serves our community and those in need.  Details on operations can be found on the EBC web site.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Lions at norfolklionsclub@gmail.com.

About the Norfolk Lions Club
The Norfolk Lions Club, founded in 1958, is a non-profit organization made up of men and women dedicated to serving the community of Norfolk, Massachusetts and promoting the mission of Lions Club International. One of the main goals of the Norfolk Lions Club is to add value to the local quality of life here in Norfolk. Events like Christmas Tree Sales, the Santa Parade, Community Day, Health Day, Chili Fest, and the Haunted Train Ride, are just a few of many events sponsored by the Norfolk Lions. These annual traditions, are excellent examples of how "we serve" our community.

We are always looking for new members and we'd like to extend you an invitation to learn more about our service club!! We have more than 100 members, and continue to grow. It's a great way to meet new friends, participate in fun activities, and, at the same time, make a valuable contribution to the people of Norfolk, and people worldwide.

If you would like to find out a little more about what Lions do, we invite you to contact us.
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Update 15
Posted by Ed Melanson
5 months ago
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Final Update

Yesterday we finished the shed project. Dave B, John P and I installed the last of the shelves. In all the building has eight 72 x 48 x 24 and one 72 x 36 x 18 shelves. This provides a lot of storage space to address the needs of the Food Pantry.

The finished building is 20 ft by 8 ft footprint. Key features:

- minimum of R13 insulation on ceiling and walls, R25 on floor
- Vinyl siding
- Asphalt shingle roof
- Electric lights, receptacles with local disconnect
- Power ventilation system that is thermostatically controlled
- Finished interior, textured walls painted white
- Fiberglass entry door with combo locking system
- Carpeted floor
- Heater (to be installed by the Church)

It took us roughly one month on-site to construct, and we had several months that went into the planning process. We had many volunteers that helped, and there was good collaboration with members of the Church who also helped move the project along. We had materials and labor donated by three companies - Aqua Barriers provided the roof, Andy Steverman provided and installed all electrical equipment (so nice to have a master electrician in our club), and Bruce Beans provided and installed the carpeting and edge moulding. I don't know the name of Andy or Bruce's companies, I'm sure they can be found using google. All other materials were sourced locally.

It is a beautiful building that should serve the Food Pantry well for many years to come. In all, this was a great project for the Lions - an opportunity to give back to our community!

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the project, both financially and with their labor. We did not meet our funding goal for this specific project. We will leave this page open for a month or so as we anticipate some additional contributions once the newpaper article appears. Please share this final update with all your contacts and friends - any donation of $5 or more is greatly appreciated.

Ed Melanson
Ed M and John P in front of shed
Shelving installed, ready for use
Dedication Plaque Installed
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Update 14
Posted by Ed Melanson
6 months ago
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The End is Near...

This weekend we finished nearly all the painting, nearly all the siding, and began finalizing various punchlist items. We still have more to go, and we are definitely in the final stretch. Look at the videos to get a feel for what the shed looks like inside and out. I am heading out on the road this week for work, however, others will be finishing the remaining items. I'll be back to help assemble the shelves, and then we will need to schedule a dedication ceremony to turn this over to the Food Pantry and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Of note, we are coming up short on our fundraising. Please share this with friends, neighbors, businesses and others within the Norfolk community. Every dollar helps.

Special thanks to Jean K and Cindy L for their invaluable assistance with painting the interior and exterior items, Andy S for providing and installing all the electrical items including the power exhaust system complete with thermostat control, Kevin R for help all weekend long, Dave B and John P for continued engagement in getting this project complete.
Interior of Shed - nearing completion
Exterior of shed - nearing completion
John P in front of shed
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Update 13
Posted by Ed Melanson
6 months ago
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The build continues. In the last two days we have made significant progress. Before I describe our work, we want to thank everyone that has contributed to the project. We have been fortunate to receive significant financial support, along with free materials and the labor support of so many persons. While there is a build team hard at work, we are also being supported by other members of the Lions organization from fundraising, social media, research on insurance, tracking financials, and raising awareness within the Norfolk community. We are very lucky indeed to be part of such a great community.

So, in the last two days we installed the remaining fascia boards, primed the fascia boards, installed all the foam under layer for the siding, installed some trim moulding inside, installed the interior door trim, applied texture finish to the interior, applied primer to about half of the interior walls/ceiling, installed the vinyl siding on one side, and installed the beginning rail for the siding on one other side. It was nice taking home some of my power tools from the site for the last time. We still have a way to go, and I believe by the end of the weekend we will be very close to buttoning this project up barring any last minute issues.

Tomorrow is painting, siding, and doing some housekeeping at the site.
Ed M texturing the interior surfaces
interior with primer partially complete
First side mostly installed
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Update 12
Posted by Ed Melanson
6 months ago
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Today we finished installing the fascia boards. We also finished the ceiling install, and spackled the walls and ceiling. Tomorrow we are installing the texture finish; hopefully painting the interior on Saturday. The door and front flashing, to allow for final finish grade with asphalt, was installed by two members of the Church. The structure is really beginning to look like a building. We also began to install the vinyl siding, two corners are in along with protective covering on one side of the building. Today was a milestone - we finally used up the last of our wood pile, all that remains is scrap. And no more having to put the plastic sheeting for a door - nice having the real one there for use. Unfortunately this app only allows me to include 3 photos, so attached are some taken today.
Ceiling installed, spackling done.
Door installed, ready for asphalt entry
Fascia in, siding started
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$1,625 of $1,625 goal

Raised by 18 people in 6 months
Created August 27, 2016
Ed Melanson  
on behalf of Ray Cisneros
KM
$200
Kristen McQuaid
5 months ago
BS
$25
Barbara Snead
5 months ago
DH
$60
Don Hanssen
6 months ago
$60
Anonymous
6 months ago
JC
$250
John Czyzewski
6 months ago

Good Luck! John & Dot Czyzewski

$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
SH
$25
Skye Hawkins
6 months ago
BR
$250
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Page Realty
6 months ago

Happy to support this great cause! If anyone is moving we can also deliver any non perishable items to our local food pantry - we support MoveforHunger.org Al & Ellen Rao

AR
$100
Al & Ellen Rao
6 months ago
EA
$50
Elizabeth Allen
6 months ago
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