Alienum phaedrum torquatos nec eu, vis detraxit periculis ex, nihil expetendis in mei. Mei an pericula euripidis, hinc partem.

The real goal: Will we lose Huss on June 15?

When we first launched the Brick Campaign, we set a very ambitious goal: to raise $100,000 by June 15, 2013.  Why June 15?  That’s the date that the balloon payment is due on the mortgage for the Huss Project property — about $50,000.  The campaign has been going very well, with many generous contributors helping us raise $29,300 to date!  We are incredibly grateful for and delighted by this progress.

In order to prioritize the critical mortgage deadline, reflect our actual pace and keep our momentum going, *culture is not optional staff and board members have decided to update our timeline and goalsOur immediate need is to reach $50,000 by June 15 to meet our mortgage deadline, and we are still $21,100 away. 

Having invested so much in Huss already–dollars, but also time, energy, creativity and other resources–and seeing so clearly the potential of this amazing space, we are emboldened to strive toward this June 15 goal.  Though talk of mortgages and balloon payments might put you to sleep, here’s what’s ultimately very exciting about this goal: when we pay off the mortgage, we free up $500 a month to begin investing in infrastructure improvements for the school.  Heat, light, insulation and running water means even more art, even more music, even more storytelling events, even more community gatherings, even more friendships across even more boundaries.  Now that’s a welcome wake-up call!  AND we plan to continue striving for our $100,000 goal by December 31 through personal donations, local business contributions and grants.  We’re also organizing fundraising events like Underground Supper Clubs and Huss Future Fest to help us meet financial goals, while also having a good time doing the kind of work we love to do–gathering people together for beauty, food and friendship!

Please consider how you can help us meet our urgent June 15 goal so that we can keep doing good work at the historic Huss School for the love of our neighbors near and far.  Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated, and you can also help by spreading the word!


Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.