St. Michaels Community Center Launches Fundraising Campaign

St. Michaels Community Center has announced its first fundraising campaign to renew, rebuild and revitalize its aging building, pictured here, in the city’s historic district. The structure was built before World War II as a timber storage warehouse. There have only been minimal changes and upgrades since then. (photo sent)

St. Michaels Community Center is launching the first fundraising campaign in its 32-year history to renew, rebuild and revitalize its aging building in the city’s historic district.

St. Michaels Community Center purchased its Railroad Avenue headquarters in 2015. The structure was built before World War II as a lumber storage warehouse. There have only been minimal changes and upgrades since then. The nonprofit made do with its crudely constructed interior, with no windows, no heating or air conditioning in most of the building, and no accessibility for people with disabilities, among other issues.

Planned renovations will include a fully equipped modern commercial kitchen to expand food distribution and meal service to those in need, as well as training for restaurant and hotel jobs. Bright, well-equipped classrooms and a multi-purpose hall for community gatherings are included in the plans, with the community center planning to double the number of people using the center from current attendance levels, once the new building is up and running. fully operational.

SMCC Advisory Board Chairman Langley Shook said more than half of the necessary funds have already been raised, including $1.225 million from the state of Maryland.

Rofe says the city’s Historic District Commission unanimously praised and approved the design of the renovated building, and a building permit application has been submitted to the city.

The nonprofit is now inviting the public to help raise funds for the new building, with naming opportunities and more in the works ahead of an expected grand opening in 2022.

Jill E. Washington