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Nature Center fundraiser


By Tom Noreen

The Howard Christensen Nature Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that runs operates on donations and fees for events. It is staffed mainly by volunteers and at times has difficulty making ends meet to cover the more than $3,500 monthly required to keep the doors and gates open. Trails, driveways, docks and boardwalks require maintenance, and an often overlooked expense is the insurance they must carry to even let the public on the property. Even for those who “only walk the trails,” without funding, closure of HCNC would also mean closure of the gates and property as a whole.

Now is one of those times donations are needed. Student board member Carlin Bolt has set up a fundraising site on Patronicity to offer folks a chance to help keep the center operating. You can donate by going to patronicity.com, then type “Howard Christensen Nature Center” in the search box in the upper right corner. When it pops up, click on it and it goes to the project details. But hurry, there are only 8 days left. At press time Wednesday evening, they had raised $615 of $15,000 requested. You can also donate by sending your donation directly to PO Box 42, Kent City, MI 49330. You can call 616-675-3158 for more information.

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