Restoration of Community Center Gymnasium - Floors

Our total fundraising goal is $175,000 for the full cost of the gym renovation. As of today - Friday, July 31st 2020 - over $40,000 has been raised through a combination of private donations, grants, and this GoFundMe!  That amount will allow work to begin on the first priority - repairing the roof, which is in bad shape and needs to be replaced. Now our fundraising efforts are being focused on the next step which is replacing the gym floor. The total cost for the floors is $25,000.

PLEASE join us in raising the $25,000 needed to move this project forward and provide a safe place for our children, youth, young adults, and seniors to stay healthy and engaged! We are very grateful and gratified by all of the support from our community and beyond. 

Please read on to learn more about the Nelson Heritage Center  and the woman who is responsible for dreaming up this project and starting the fundraising efforts. 


1960-1969:  Nelson Memorial High School for African American students
1969-2003:  Nelson Junior High School/Nelson Middle School
2003-2004:  Nelson County used the facility for county storage
2004-Present:Nelson Heritage Community Center

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court passed Brown vs. the Board of Education making “separate but equal” education based on race unconstitutional. It was not until 1969, 15 years later, that this reality was changed for Nelson County residents. Now, the school once designated for African American students only, has been transformed into a community center, “A place where the community can come together” for all residents of Nelson and surrounding counties. 
The Millennium Group, a 501©3 entity created to preserve the legacy of the school and to provide a place where the community can come together, is asking for help to renovate the school’s gymnasium that is in disrepair and unusable at this time. 
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child notes that play and recreation are essential to the health and well-being of children and promote the development of creativity, imagination, self-confidence, self-efficacy, as well as physical, social, cognitive and emotional strength and skills.  Once repairs are made, the gymnasium can again support a robust program of youth and adult activities that can foster individual and community health and well-being.

  Rendition of the NHC gym after renovation and pictures of the current Gym  

                                                                Margaret Constance Henderson
Millennium Group board member, Margaret Constance Henderson, an eighty-six year old warrior who underwent four back surgeries during a two week period in the midst of her fundraising efforts has motivated the community to raise over $25,000.  Margaret was listening to the news and heard of multiple killings of young people in another community over a weekend and stated “it is a shame that the NHC gym is not open to the community to provide our children a safe place to go”.  She thought about it, prayed on it and got to work bringing together the community to make the restoration of the gym a reality. We urge you to join Margaret, the Millennium Group and the Nelson community in making the gym a reality.


  • Anne Krieger
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Erica Long-Ellis
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Gabrielle Stopper
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Robert Barton
    • $500 
    • 3 yrs


Edith Napier
Arrington, VA

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