Concert to help Fair Hope

Mary Reik, Paula Meece, Richard Brazda and Larry Meganhardt work at Fair Hope Children's Ministry. A Sunday concert with Doc Ashton and The Root Canals will help raise money for the ministry's new building.

DANVILLE — Though renovations are well under way at Fair Hope's new building, there is still much to do and much to pay for.

So the Fair Hope board called in Doc Ashton and The Root Canals to put on a concert to help raise the much-needed funds.

"Yeah! We're really excited about the concert," said Karel Volpert, director of the Fair Hope Board.

The band is scheduled to take the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., in Danville.

The concert will have no admission, but a freewill offering will be taken to assist with the needs of Fair Hope.

The building was donated to the board in December, and already a new roof has been added. However, electricity is the next major expense needed at the former George's Buffet, 1225 Voorhees St..

About $10,000 in electrical work has already been done, with another $35,000 to go. Once that's completed, the HVAC is estimated at $31,000.

"We've done them in phases," Volpert said. "Project 1 was the roof. Project 2 was getting an electrical system into the building, because thieves had stripped the building while it was unoccupied for several years. Project 3 will be the HVAC, and we're really hoping to get that in before the winter so we can continue working in the building."

The building at one time also housed offices, and a new floor plan will need to be incorporated to meet Fair Hope's needs. Walls, lights, switches and bathrooms all need to be either installed for improved upon, and Volpert said the board also wants to add a washer and dryer.

Plumbing work will be $15,000 and a carpenter will need to be brought in.

At Sunday's concert, Fair Hope will give a PowerPoint presentation on the work at the new building so people will understand the work that needs done and where their donations will go.

Fair Hope was also given another building on Griffin Street that will be used mostly for storage and for sorting items for the ministry.

"Not only do we share clothing, but we share Pack-and-Plays for a safe place for babies to sleep, personal care items and car seats," Volpert said. In the fall, Fair Hope shares backpacks and school supplies, and also works with social workers throughout the county.

More information can be found on the ministry's Facebook page, or by calling Volpert at (217) 497-7616.

Fair Hope is a cooperative ministry of Bowman Avenue, First, St. James, Union Corner, Batestown, Catlin and Farmers Chapel United Methodist churches.

Office hours at its current building at 908 May St., are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, and 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays.

"And we always welcome volunteers," Volpert said. "If anyone is interested in volunteering, we are very happy to train them."

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