Future MSAD 3 officials have announced a new $5,000 matching gift from a Mount View alumnus for First Things First, the $124,000 fund drive supporting the ground work for future athletic enhancements at the new K-12 Mount View School in Thorndike.

Rob Nielsen of Camas, Wash., is providing the $5,000 matching gift. Nielsen is a 1982 graduate of Mount View High School, and is the son of Glen Bridges of Freedom and Robert A. Nielsen Jr. of Portland. Rob Nielsen’s niece and nephew attend Mount View, and his sister is the school nurse.

“I am proud to support Future’s work on behalf of youth in SAD 3,” Nielsen said of his matching gift to First Things First. “For years Mount View has had to make do with aging athletic facilities. The track program hasn’t hosted a home meet in two decades. Now, thanks to Future’s vision and dogged efforts, we can help to give students in SAD 3 athletic and recreational facilities they truly deserve. My contribution is a challenge to my classmates from 1982, as well all alumni, Mount View parents and grandparents to give what they can to help Future reach this goal,” added Nielsen.

Nielsen will match, dollar-for-dollar, all contributions between $1 and $4,999, up to $5,000 to the campaign to fund water and electrical conduit for Mount View’s new and existing athletic fields, and water, power and sewer lines to a planned outdoor concession building. Contributions to both First Things First and The Heritage Fund will be matched, since both funds support the campaign for Mount View athletic enhancements.

This new matching gift provides tremendous momentum for the project, according to Campaign Director Alicia J. Nichols. “Rob is a dedicated and generous Mount View alumnus and we are enormously grateful for his dollar-for-dollar match to help us raise an additional $5,000, for First Things First,” Nichols said.

“Rob’s support is a challenge to other Mount View alumni, to parents and grandparents of current students to give what they can to meet this goal as soon as possible. No gift is too small. Every dollar, $5, $10, $20 or more adds up,” Nichols added.

First Things First is the initial phase of a capital campaign for Mount View athletics. Future must raise $57,000 as soon as possible to complete the funding for the infrastructure that was put in place at Mount View’s athletic complex this past summer and fall. The underground infrastructure needed to be in first — before any other athletic enhancements can be added. To date more $66,000 has been raised in contributions and pledges from 278 donors.

Funds raised through First Things First support areas not covered by the state or the district and provides water and electrical conduit to new and existing athletic fields, and water, power and sewer lines to a planned outdoor concession building.

While a new, permanent outdoor concession building to include athletic storage areas and public restrooms will be funded later during a major capital campaign, Future is now raising funds for the building’s utilities that have been put in place and capped — water, power and sewer.

Future MSAD 3 is a nonprofit organization run by a board of 18 community volunteers. Its mission is to raise funds to enhance particular areas in the new Mount View School complex not covered by state funding.

For more information on the campaign, Mount View athletic facility naming opportunities, or to contribute: call 948-6120, e-mail futuremsad3@yahoo.com or visit futuremsad3.org. Contributions can be sent to Future MSAD 3, P.O. Box 151, Unity, ME 04988.