The district needed to raise at least $7,000 in order to cover insurance and pay its first debt in six years. The insurance must be paid by Oct. 1.
After the article appeared on Plumas News, IVRPD received donations for the community center totaling $3,620 in cash from individuals and from the Indian Valley Thrift Store Association Fund.
Now IVRPD is hosting a community yard sale on Sept. 18 and 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside at the Indian Valley Community Center grounds.
With this in mind the IVRPD is asking for donations on Sept. 12 and 13.
“We are asking the public to help with yard-sale donations to be taken in on Saturday, September 12 for storage and pricing. Anyone who would like to donate can arrange a drop-off or pick up by calling Matt Cerney at (530) 310-3529 or the IVRPD Office at (530) 284-7385,” said Cerney.
Donations should be in clean, sellable condition: no non-working appliances.
Any leftover donations after the sale will be donated to Indian Valley Thrift Store, “as a return favor for their recent and generous cash donation,” said Cerney.
The yard sale will be in compliance with state and county health guidelines for COVID-19. “All shoppers will be encouraged to wear a face mask, but that will not enforced. One will be provided for free if needed,” said Cerney.
Cerney has assured that items for sale will be spread through out the grounds of the community center so that there is not a bottleneck of shoppers unable to social distance. “All shoppers will be asked to keep a distance of no less than six feet from others while on the center grounds,” said Cerney.
A wash station and hand sanitizers will be available to all at several locations. Merchandise and cash handling will also be done in compliance with multiple stations for purchasing.
“When we shut down the center for public access, rentals, and in-house programs five months ago due to the Covid-19 spread, we suffered the loss of most of our income. Soon, we stared down at a dire and uncertain future in regards to opening back up,” Cerney said.
He expressed gratitude to community members who came forward to raise the first half of what the center needs to survive as well as those donating now for the yard sale.
“We are finally seeing the light and a way to keep our center open. IVRPD is extremely grateful following an immediate response from the Indian Valley Community with cash donations. To great relief, the cash donations alone have energized a challenged, volunteer IVRPD Board. With more of the community’s help with the yard sale, we move closer towards financial solvency as we approach re-opening the center,” said Cerney.
The center is open for limited use this September and the IVRPD board hopes to go into full operation when California becomes less restrictive.
“The key is we get to not-lock-the-doors and remain open by being able to pay our insurance premium through 2021,” said Cerney.
He stresses that residents should understand that “this entire facility, garden, recreation center, outdoor spaces, children’s park, and the Wolf Creek trail/beach access belongs entirely to all residing in the IVRPD area that is the 400 square mile Indian Valley Recreation and Parks Distict which encompasses Canyon Dam, Greenville, Indian Falls, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville, and Genesee.”