There’s some progress in the long-range efforts to re-open the ‘W’ at K.I. Sawyer.
The community center that was once a part of the old Air Force base closed its doors last May.
The non-profit group Community Hand-Up has been hard at work trying to re-open the ‘W’, officially the South County Fitness and Community Center.
They recently received a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development.
Lisa Johnson of Community Hand-Up says there’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on lately, like looking for more grant opportunities.
But Community Hand-Up is still holding fundraising events, including a spaghetti dinner Saturday night at the Gwinn VFW post.
The group still has a target of raising $100,000 for repairs and a funding base before the ‘W’ can re-open.
Some of the future events they’re contemplating are a pancake breakfast and a cash raffle.