An Investment in Your Community
The JTEL has been steadily working since before 2005 to create a new library in the heart of Ester that will be a center of activity for the village and surrounding areas and is open to all ages and walks of life. The State of Alaska and the Fairbanks North Star Borough have shown confidence in our work by providing appropriations and grants that have allowed us to:
- prepare a beautiful, healthy, and superinsulated design that will result in a building that conserves energy and will pay for itself in as little as eight to ten years in fuel savings, depending on the price of heating fuel and gasoline
- leave a reserve of $107,000 to begin sitework and construction in 2015
- prepare a phased construction plan to use our grants in 2016 and seek more for the remaining funds needed
We planned for sitework in 2015 and 2016, and have completed the first phase of construction: groundwork for driveway and parking pad and the thermal storage tank. Any contractor must be familiar with our procurement guidelines and with Passive House construction, the library project, and the goals and rationale behind the library’s choices for this project. A formal request and invitations will be forthcoming for Phase 2, the building shell, and posted on the library’s website, blog, and several public places when funding is obtained.
Construction cost & goal
The building will have an estimated up-front construction cost of approximately $997,000, assuming no in-kind donations or discounts (See the detailed estimate from our architects.) Our fundraising, begun 2005, has so far enabled us to pay for the land ($27,000), put in a power pole ($2,100), establish clearing limits ($2,600), do basic sitework ($9,200), and with the grants, create a sustainable design and install Phase 1 of the new building. It has also paid for our operations costs and let us put some money aside each year toward construction. We are applying for grants from private and public foundations, and we continue to hold our annual fundraising events, but we still need your help—and every bit does help. Below are a few examples of donation and recognition opportunities.
We will offer the opportunity to recognize those who are able to provide a more substantial donation, in the $30,000-$50,000 range. These special naming opportunities will exist for major donors to our Capital Campaign on a first-come, first-serve basis. (More information to come soon.)
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If you work for a company that matches gifts, you can double or possibly triple your gift by following your employer’s matching contribution procedures. Please contact your human resources office for eligibility information and to obtain a matching gift form.
Depending on the working relationship with our building contractors, opportunities may arise that involve in-kind gifts. These gifts will count toward the total project cost and may contribute directly to the reduction of cost and completion of the planned construction. Some examples are donations of professional materials and labor, furnishings, fixtures and equipment. Please contact the JTEL board of directors for more information at 374-8080.
Fred Meyer’s Reward Card Match
If you have a Reward Card with Fred Meyer’s, you can donate money to the JTEL each time you shop! Simply make the JTEL your preferred charity in the community rewards program by going on line and entering the JTEL’s account number (#89428). Thank you!