Posts Tagged ‘donations’

Modular Classrooms to Assist in YMCA Rebuild

September 6th, 2013 Comments off

Five days after lightning set fire to and closed the main building of the Greater Naples (Fla.) YMCA, including the gymnasium, board members have begun planning for new facilities. Moving fast, YMCA President Paul Thein has arranged for modular buildings to be brought in so many of the classes and services can resume, especially for the younger members, hopefully within a week, as tells MHProNews. While insurance will likely cover the loss, donations have begun coming in, including $10,000 from the Naples Area Board of Realtors. It is expected the Naples Children and Education Foundation will also provide assistance in the rebuild.

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Modular Building will Serve Seamen in Port

August 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Since 1980 the International Seamen’s Center of Wilmington, NC served its 3,000 officers and crew members from a pre-WWII building on the Port of Wilmington’s property. The facility had become inadequate in providing entertainment, computers, telephones, and other services to its members while their ships were in Port, so the board of directors began shopping around within the Port, knowing it would need to qualify for a grant from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The board settled on a 1,600 square foot modular building from Clayton Homes and selected a site, as wilmingtonbiz tells MHProNews. After several delays, the ITF grant was in hand, and with donations from individuals, businesses and churches, the modules were delivered to the site Tue., July 30. The Center intends to have the new facility up and running by early Sept., but will continue to need donations of labor and goods in anticipation of more usage by members.

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Last Minute Donations Tip the Scale

May 1st, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has been informed by a special report the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum’s “Burn the Bank Note” fundraiser succeeded in raising the final $20,000 with only hours to spare to meet the April 30 deadline, thereby satisfying the Ingram family’s $50,000 challenge grant. Darryl Searer, president of the Hall of Fame Museum, says two people stepped up, one with $15,000 and one with $5,000. He says, “The Ingram’s had offered a $50,000 challenge grant if supporters of the Hall could raise contributions totaling $150,000 by April 30, 2013–and we did. As soon as the Ingram’s check arrives, the bank loan will be retired with a blazing ‘Burn the Bank Note’ ceremony.” The museum is located in Elkhart, Ind.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Needs your Support

March 28th, 2013 Comments off

In the ongoing effort to support the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., President Darryl Searer is offering the opportunity to become a lifetime member of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation for half price—$25 and $12.50 for a spouse, both tax deductible. In addition, the call has gone out for donations to buy tables and chairs for when the Hall is hosting an event and has to rent those items. One table and eight chairs costs $200; total costs of 23 tables and 184 chairs is $4,600. The hall also needs a scissors lift to change lights and do other service work inside and outside the building. MHProNews has learned a good used scissors lift costs about $6,000. For more information, go to

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MHC Owner Leaves Legacy

May 31st, 2012 Comments off

SonomaCountyGazette in California names Harold C. Aguirre and the HCA Program as the Sonoma County Housing Coalition’s 2012 Housing Heroes, for quietly helping some 45,000 people over the years avoid homelessness. Aguirre made his family fortune in real estate, beginning in 1964 with MHCs, as HCA Management, and in 1989 established a trust working through local agencies to distribute the funds. The caveat was that all funds go directly to help people with housing assistance, not for administrative costs, and encouraging them to have a plan to get back on their feet. To date the HCA Program has given away $7 million, providing up to $1,000 for rent or mortgage assistance to families that qualify. Daughter Jennifer Thayer, noting the delight her father received from reading thank you letters from grateful beneficiaries at Christmas, says, “My dad wanted to build low income housing in Sonoma County but it just wasn’t happening. He decided if he couldn’t build houses he would do something to prevent homelessness.” Though active in reading applications for assistance, Aguirre was not known by the recipients of his donations. has learned that the family business has properties across the U.S., including 12 MHCs in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Aguirre passed away in 2010.

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