Jackson Neighbors donates $1,000 to Jackson Community Center

Dec 04, 2012
Jackson Neighbors presents a donation of $1000 to the Jackson Select Board to support the Community Center. From left, Jackson Selectman Joe Laliberte, Jackson Neighbors President Jenny Tibbetts, Selectman Debbie Ludden and Selectman John Work.

As the town of Jackson embarks on a campaign to reinvigorate the Community Center, including making it more energy efficient and bringing it into compliance with current fire codes, Jackson Neighbors contributed some financial encouragement to the Jackson Select Board, which oversees the Community Center.

Jackson Neighbors President Jenny Tibbetts presented a check for $1,000 to the Select Board at its Oct. 16 meeting for the Community Center Reserve Fund. The Jackson Community Center Reserve Fund sets aside funds within the town’s budget to pay for the upkeep of the Community Center. The organization raised the money through fundraisers, including the “Alive and Kickin’ with Music and Chicken” Labor Day weekend event in September and the Cabin Fever Reliever in spring 2012, both held at the Community Center. The Alive and Kickin’ event featured many local musicians providing hours of great music alongside an old-fashioned chicken barbecue.

The Community Center has been a center of Jackson town life for 55 years, originally as the Star of Progress Grange hall, and later as the Community Center. Jackson Neighbors is pleased to offer support, Tibbetts said, so that the Community Center can continue to serve Jackson residents for many more decades.

Jackson Neighbors took root in the summer of 2011, when a meeting of local residents was called to discuss ways to revitalize the town-owned Jackson Community Center. From this original focus on the Community Center, residents identified a much broader range of projects needed to support the community. Jackson Neighbors is the result: a nonprofit organization to plan and facilitate a wide range of these ideas to revitalize Jackson as a vibrant center of rural life.

For more information about Jackson Neighbors, visit its website, http://jacksonneighbors.org.

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