NOTE: For the sake of transparency, we are breaking down the amounts of money we are raising into categories. The second $5000 will go toward painting the outside of the building and making it code compliant. Additional fundraisers will follow for the other materials we need to fix the building. We expect that we will need to raise 18K via gofundme while we work on grants and corporate donations.
American Legion Post 33 was established in 1933 and is one of the oldest American Legion Posts in the state of Florida. A group of veterans are working to restore the Post. Many of our members have construction experience, but we need community support to purchase the matierials they need to fix the roof and make repairs to the building.
Over the last four years, Post 33 was damaged, mainly due to mismanagement. The state legion removed the group responsible from leadership. Now, a new group of dedicated veterans has taken over management and is restoring the property to be a family-friendly, veteran-focused Community event space. The effort to restore the legion will be a multi-step process. The members are currently writing grants, soliciting donations, and planning fundraising events to repair Post 33. However, immediate action is needed to stabilize the building and restore power and water so that work can begin. The good news is that the building's bones are solid, and the foundations and masonry are in excellent condition and only need minor repairs. However, Hurricane Sally left damage to our newly patched roof. The water and electricity need some minor work, and the outside needs to be painted. The new Post-Commander, Richard Hunter, has donated his time, expertise, and money for some of the initial repairs because he believes this building is worth saving for future generations. Still, as a school teacher, he has limited funds. We now need community support to continue restoring this historic building until we can secure grants and sponsorship money.