Food Pantry Building 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.