Dee Richey, left, continues to fulfill kitchen duties at the Imperial Community Center thanks to a new dishwasher. Elna Johnson, right, represents the Imperial Community Foundation Fund advisory committee which granted funds for the much-needed equipment. (Johnson Publications photo)
Community center dishwasher funded by community foundation
Imperial Community Center’s board of directors was especially pleased to receive a $4,000 grant from the Imperial Community Foundation Fund (ICFF) which made a new dishwasher possible.
The 17-year-old commercial dishwasher had served them well, said Bill Sharp, chairman of the board and acting director. But the motor went out and they were in dire need in order to meet state health sanitizing standards.
The ICFF advisory committee strives to enhance and protect quality of life in the area for all ages, according to Chair Elizabeth Haarberg. The community center helps fulfill a need especially utilized by seniors of the community.
Sharp said besides providing nourishment with the average 30 meals per day, the center allows fellowship and camaraderie for locals who might not otherwise get out. It’s hard to put a value on that, he said.
There are men’s and women’s coffee groups, bridge, meals-on-wheels, monthly buffet dinners and monthly Chamber meetings at the center. Although the facility has operated with a deficit, it’s the volunteers and community support that keep the center open, said Sharp.
ICFF is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.