At the August Board meeting, Calumet's Board of Directors announced the **Baths And Solar** Campaign to meet three needs. Information sharing about fundraising for the campaign is to begin immediately, and the $225,000 campaign will have two phases -- an Individual Phase and a Congregation Phase. The Individual Phase took place on just one day, January 26, 2017. This had never been attempted before in all of Calumet's history. It was an online effort with heavy emphasis placed on engagement through Calumet's Social Media platforms (Facebook and Instagram), email, and the website.
The three components of the campaign are:
1. The rooms on the Conference Center's first floor will have small, private baths ($170,000).
2. The Village Cabins will have solar panels ($37,000).
3. The Boys Senior End bathroom will be gutted and updated ($18,000).
First, for many years, Calumet has dreamed about whether it is feasible to put a small bathroom in some lodging units of the Conference Center. We continue to hear, time and time again, that Calumet needs more accommodations with a private bathroom. With a wonderful $250,000 gift received earlier this year, which allows for 5 brand new units (added to four others built as part of the Campaign for Today), Calumet is getting better and better at meeting such need. Still, having rooms with baths *IN* the Conference Center is going to be fantastic. And the timing is perfect! With the new Village Cabins available in late 2016, Calumet has rare wiggle room to leverage that new space by shifting guests around a bit. Work on the Conference Center rooms will begin as soon as scheduling allows. We believe this will cost about $170,000.
Second, in order to live more fully in the direction of being excellent stewards of all that God has made, Calumet will install solar panels at the Village Cabins. These panels will provide for the energy concerns of the whole Village (including exterior lighting in the back lots). It's been a challenge for Calumet to see itself in the position to spend "extra" money on solar panels. With this campaign, Calumet can -- finally -- walk the walk of excellent environmental stewardship. The cost for the panels is approximately $37,000.
Third, Calumet's bathhouse in the Boys Senior End (BSE) is pretty awful. For the most part, the guts of the building are the same guts that have been there most of the years we've been a Lutheran camp! Everyone knows that this MUST be updated. The costs associated with the updating it needs will be $18,000.
$225,000 is a lot for any single person. But for Calumet Nation -- $225,000 for "Baths & Solar" is definitely achievable.
Click "Individual Phase" to make your personal pledge/gift.
Click "Congregation Phase" to learn about the Congregation Phase of the campaign.
On January 26, 2017, Calumet underwent an experiement. We received gifts & pledges from individuals through email, the website, Facebook, and Instagram raising nearly $170,000 in just one day! Throughout the remaining months of 2017, we received an additional $25,000 and counting. Calumet will soon invite congregations to participate through a campaign packet that will be mailed and can be used during a congregation council meeting.
This campaign is thus far successful because, in the typical Calumet Nation way, everyone has a part to play. Thanks for doing your part!
To learn more about all of this, contact KNUTE. Boom Chicka Boom!