As with other small rural organizations, the VDCC has the common demographics concern of a potentially declining active membership (senior citizenship and aging, snow bird residents, youths moving away etc.). Thus, we undertook the Historic Structure Assesment (HSA) with the hope of using the master plan to invigorate our community and draw new membership for sustainability of our organization at minimum and the life blood of our community jewel, the Stage Station, and our community club. Some members of our populace are descendants of the original homesteaders – thus indeed, also of likely beneficiaries of the stage coach service of the 1860s and beyond. This aspiration is the underlying spirit and reasons our small but mighty band of members chose to undertake a preservation path.
Historic Structure Assessment - Budget Estimate
The HSA report concludes with a detailed budget estimate for architectural and engineering service, materials, labor, etc. In summary the budget need is comprised of:
Phase 1 - $131,375 Phase 2 - $145,338 Phase 3- $49,937 TOTAL $326,650
Unfortunately, the extent of the work and magnitude of the above estimated budget need was measurably much more than the VDCC could have imagined. Our annual operating revenue of about $3,000 supports our routine maintenance, utilities, insurance, license/permits, and materials for tours. Primary sources are annual membership dues ($15 per member), annual 1-day Open House (vendor fees and commissions, sales of food and memorabilia etc.) and our annual quilt raffle. Hence, the need exists for the Club to seek assistance via its fundraising drive and maximize the use of community members and other volunteers.
Combined with cutbacks (primarily deferring Phase 3) and use of community and other volunteer labor, the funding need was significantly reduced to:
Phase 1- $81,070 Phase 2- $109,907 Other Costs (e.g. 2012 Open House)- $9023
The VDCC will pursue the restoration projects in smaller steps as the funds have been raised. Where are we now? Restoration Update
Get involved! We always need extra hands from cleaning up the construction debris to helping with our Open House activities! Become a member! Financially support the Restoration Project. See the "How you can Help" Page.