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Colchester Community Workshop opens doors to public


TRURO - To help celebrate a decade of operation in its current location, the doors to the Colchester Community Workshop were open to the public on Wednesday.

"This is our 10th anniversary in this building and we thought tours of the facility would help open peoples' eyes to see what we do here," said Diane Standing, the administrative assistant for the workshop and the administration co-ordinator for the Colchester Community Workshop Foundation. "We offer nine different programs here and this was an opportunity for people to see what we have."

With a client list 75 people long, the facility isn't big enough and there are another 15 on a wait list.

The open house was to celebrate the anniversary, but also as a way to inform the public about their upcoming capital campaign for a new building.

"We've seen quite a few people through," said Standing. "It's nice that people are getting to see what goes on. Usually people are just amazed to see what we do."

Along with the Intercolonial Café and New to You program, which are open to the public, the workshop also offers a ribbons and buttons program, small contracts, contracts plus, resources plus, production assembly, and community employment.

But within those programs are various types of environments, especially when it comes to the small contracts and contracts plus programs.

"We've got a cutting wood and plastic program, we do a lot of palette breakdown and sell to businesses, we have an Eastlink contract where we get boxes of remotes from older receivers - our clients clean them, refurbish them, test them and send them back to Eastlink," said Standing, adding clients also have a program involving mail outs of Lions Club Bingo Cards.

Plans for the new building are still underway, with the foundation soon starting a building committee. Once the committee has been formed, Requests for Proposals will go out to put a price tag on the facility.

"That will be great because then we can really start head on," said Standing. "A new building will help alleviate our waitlist. There's always someone in need of our services."

Coming up in the next few months, the organization has a number of fundraisers, including an antiques and collectables sale on April 18, as well as the annual golf classic at the Truro Golf Club on Sept. 3.

For more information, contact Diane Standing at 902-893-7228, extension 103, or 902-893-4799.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

"This is our 10th anniversary in this building and we thought tours of the facility would help open peoples' eyes to see what we do here," said Diane Standing, the administrative assistant for the workshop and the administration co-ordinator for the Colchester Community Workshop Foundation. "We offer nine different programs here and this was an opportunity for people to see what we have."

With a client list 75 people long, the facility isn't big enough and there are another 15 on a wait list.

The open house was to celebrate the anniversary, but also as a way to inform the public about their upcoming capital campaign for a new building.

"We've seen quite a few people through," said Standing. "It's nice that people are getting to see what goes on. Usually people are just amazed to see what we do."

Along with the Intercolonial Café and New to You program, which are open to the public, the workshop also offers a ribbons and buttons program, small contracts, contracts plus, resources plus, production assembly, and community employment.

But within those programs are various types of environments, especially when it comes to the small contracts and contracts plus programs.

"We've got a cutting wood and plastic program, we do a lot of palette breakdown and sell to businesses, we have an Eastlink contract where we get boxes of remotes from older receivers - our clients clean them, refurbish them, test them and send them back to Eastlink," said Standing, adding clients also have a program involving mail outs of Lions Club Bingo Cards.

Plans for the new building are still underway, with the foundation soon starting a building committee. Once the committee has been formed, Requests for Proposals will go out to put a price tag on the facility.

"That will be great because then we can really start head on," said Standing. "A new building will help alleviate our waitlist. There's always someone in need of our services."

Coming up in the next few months, the organization has a number of fundraisers, including an antiques and collectables sale on April 18, as well as the annual golf classic at the Truro Golf Club on Sept. 3.

For more information, contact Diane Standing at 902-893-7228, extension 103, or 902-893-4799.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

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