Leif Erikson needs repair/upgrades

$25,708 of $96k goal

Raised by 94 people in 7 months
Leif Erikson
on behalf of Julie Svendsen
 SEATTLE, WA


Leif Erikson Hall is the heart of the Norwegian-American community in Ballard/Seattle Washington. The building was finished in 1986 (as much as any building can be finished) and was built pretty much with 12,000 hours of volunteer labor and monetary donations. 

Because the hall is thirty-one years old this year, it has many maintenance needs occurring simultaneously, and this is a major financial strain on building funds making it difficult to make timely needed upgrades and complete the repairs to keep the building functioning as needed.

The hall has served well in providing a home for the Norwegian community and the Ballard community at large. It provides space for community groups; men's and women's groups including a women’s chorus;  adult and children’s folk dancing groups; AA meetings; language classes, genealogy research; groups meeting in the building provide scholarships and grants to young people; community cultural events where food, crafts, dancing and music may be enjoyed; and hosts an open house to escape the rain or sun during the Syttende Mai parade, held each year to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day.  It is a place to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and memorials. This building is an integral part of the lives of the Norwegian and Ballard community in Seattle. 

The building needs to be improved, upgraded and have some major repairs done to continue to be a part of the vibrant Ballard community. Much of the repairs over time could be done by members, but now the skills to do these needed repairs belong to the licensed experts especially the dangerous areas on the roof and the exterior walls.

Project Implementation with work starting in 2017
Our wish list!
Decommission fuel tank--$1,600 (Done)
Install non skid pads on roof for exhaust fans--$200
Clean kitchen hood and flue--$1,300  (Cleaned 11/3/2016)
Repair wall and scuppers on west wall -- $20,500
Cleaning and repair of exterior ledges -- $2,000
Repair of SE wing crack and NW corner crack -- $6,000
Paint exterior -- $28,700
Sound system -- $6,000 ($3,000 dedicated from Olav Lunde estate)
Refinishing and repair of flooring in auditorium-$14,000
Carpet for hallway, stairways, entry way $5,000
Upgrading and remodeling the Norna room:
Additional electrical work $1,000
ADA upgrade for bathroom on 3rd floor $2,100
New flooring-- $3,000
Display and kitchen cabinetry including sink and faucet -- $4,000 
Miscellaneous AV equipment, furniture, etc $4,600

Having a building that is leak-free,  appropriate facilities for those who are disabled, sound systems that can be heard, and improved space for our members and the community at large to meet is our goal!
 
Hjertelig takk (hearty thanks) to all who help this dream become a reality! You are AWESOME!

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Update 6
Posted by Leif Erikson Building Association
11 days ago
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Leif Erikson Building Association (LEBA) has been cleaning up the exterior to remove problems areas around the building. It includes removing trees to the south of the building and also pruning trees and bushes in the front. Much weeding and some pruning is still needed if you have an hour or two to spare, but for the moment the trash has been removed. Still looking for a donation of load of bark from the Dirt Exchange to make all the work look beautiful and ready the building for Syttende May, May 17 or Norwegian Constitution Day! Getting close to $24,000 only $72,000 to go!
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Update 5
Posted by Leif Erikson Building Association
2 months ago
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Video posted of Leif Erikson Hall then in 1985 and now in 2016
Leif Erikson Hall then and now!
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Update 4
Posted by Leif Erikson Building Association
5 months ago
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Your donations already put to work. The kitchen hood and flue were cleaned on Thursday. Wow what a job--pressure washer, lots of plastic to protect the stove, and water! Can't wait to see the finished product next week with bright and shiny stainless steel we haven't seen in awhile.

Last time I saw it being cleaned Georg Kjonsvik had climbed on top of the stove and had his head up the flue and he was covered in grease.
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Update 3
Posted by Leif Erikson Building Association
6 months ago
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Thanks for all the support at the Leif Erikson Day dinner and fundraiser for LEBA. Not all the accounting is done, but it is looking as if we raised around $2000!
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$25,708 of $96k goal

Raised by 94 people in 7 months
Created September 27, 2016
Leif Erikson  
on behalf of Julie Svendsen
TP
$25
T Parker
21 hours ago (Offline Donation)
LL
$100
L Lunde
21 hours ago (Offline Donation)
SM
$500
S Mork
21 hours ago (Offline Donation)
EB
$150
Ellen Beck
10 days ago

Everyone, please support this gofundme. It takes all of us. If you have given before and are able, give again, as I am!

RD
$50
Ruth Dahl
10 days ago

Will gladly volunteer to help with almost anything I can.

AF
$900
Asbjorn Sorensen & Family
11 days ago

For all the time he spent to build and keep this hall in shape over the years.

LE
$10
Leif Erikson
14 days ago (Offline Donation)

In memory of T Kvalheim

LE
$10
Leif Erikson
14 days ago (Offline Donation)

in memory of Richard Svensson

JC
$100
J Carson
14 days ago (Offline Donation)

For upgrading the Norna Room

JF
$50
J Fruchtl
14 days ago (Offline Donation)

In memory of Alice Sagstad

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