Share Inc gets 1 million capital boost
A shared effort by community donors will create a much-improved Share operations base.Local businesses and business leaders have produced a $1 million capital fund for major upgrades at the Share Fromhold Service Center, on Northeast Andresen Road in Vancouver, the nonprofit group announced Tuesday.Heading the campaign is the KMR Group Foundation, run by business owners Kate Jones and Marty Rifkin. The Foundation supplied $150,000 toward a matching grant from several anonymous donors, netting $500,000 total.Share is a leading provider of services to the hungry and homeless in Clark County. The nonprofit group has used previous grants and a large loan to transform the former Timber Lanes bowling alley on Andresen into its headquarters and operations center. The new money will promote modernization of the aging building and allow the group’s Backpack Program to operate in better conditions.In addition, the KMR Group Foundation gave $150,000 more as a matching grant to help CDM Services purchase space from Share for a new CDM headquarters on Share property, next to the larger building. That donation resulted in $300,000 funding for construction.CDM Services provides day and in-home services to elderly and disabled residents of Clark County.Share will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday at its hub, 2306 N.E. Andresen Road.“It’s a very good thing, a very good thing,” said Rifkin, whose Northwest Natural Products firm has been a steadfast Share supporter. Once the remodeling is done, “it’ll be a good spot for them, and they will be able to consolidate” other Share outreach activities, he said.