Twenty years ago, a group of concerned Keizer citizens united to save the “Old Keizer School.” In a highly successful effort, they raised $250,000 that was matched by the City of Keizer and the school was saved! Today the “Old Keizer School” houses four non-profit volunteer-operated organizations that are unique in Keizer and directly benefit the Keizer Community. These community organizations would not exist without this historic building.
· Keizer Community Museum
· Keizer Community Library
· Keizer Art Association
· Keizer Homegrown Theatre
The City of Keizer provides the land where the building is located, but the building itself is the sole responsibility of the Keizer Heritage Foundation. No tax dollars are used to maintain the building.
This summer we completed the most critical and major repairs:
· Replaced our 20-year-old failing water heater ($4,000)
· Replaced our 20-year-old failing roof ($29,000)
· Replaced our 20-year-old ADA lift for which parts were no longer available ($32,000)
· Repaired and painted the building exterior and cleaned, repaired, and painted the gutters ($15,000)
These essential repairs have left our major maintenance fund with no reserves. We need your help!
The repairs we were unable to complete are:
· Replacement of the original 1916 windows that are leaking, not sealing and are painted shut, unable to be opened for circulation and fresh air as required by CDC Best Practices for pandemic response (estimated cost $41,000)
· Replacement of one or all of our three HVAC systems which are now twenty years old (estimated cost up to $30,000)
The Keizer Heritage Foundation seeks 100 Keizer residents to make a one-time $1,000 contribution to raise $100,000 be used for repairs and maintenance ONLY. We are confident that this one-time fundraiser will sustain the “Old Keizer School” through the next 20 years. To acknowledge your commitment to Keizer’s heritage, your name will be added to a permanent plaque placed inside the school designating you as a member of the “Keizer 100 Club” and we will all come together to celebrate our accomplishment NEXT summer on the patio of the building.
The Keizer Heritage Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 so your donation is tax deductible.
Contact us here to sign up!