Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breaking New Ground

On Monday May 17th the Wildlife in Need Center, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, held its formal ground breaking ceremony at the UW-Waukesha Field Station.

We have finally started, at least ceremonially, the actual construction is planned to start this June. With this start date, the new facility should be completed sometime towards the end of this year. Yes you heard right, we should be completed with our new facility before the start of 2011.

The ground breaking capped off more than two years of discussions, meetings, drafting documents and getting approvals. But in the end all of these steps paid off. The new center will allow us to expand our educational programming, provide a safer, more volunteer friendly facility, become an enhanced community asset, and of course, continue to provide and improve upon the best care possible for our wildlife patients. Needless to say we are all excited about the project. Obviously as things progress we will continue to keep you updated on our progress both online in places like this blog and our website as well as via our membership newsletters and mailings.

One thing you’ll be hearing more about in the coming months is our capital campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 million dollars for the building and its operation. This may seem like a lot, but in addition to building a structure, we need help furnishing the clinic with equipment, as well as establishing an endowment to help pay for the facility on an ongoing basis. If you interested in helping us with our campaign, continue to watch as we track our progress on our website and of course, I would love to hear from you as well.

Guest Blogger M.G.

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