My wife and I have basically been life-long members of Holmen and have witnessed the rapid growth of the community over recent years.

We saw the early efforts of the group known as the Holmen Area Partnership for Youth work out of Holmen Lutheran to meet the needs of teens after school until it outgrew its space.

The subsequent years saw these organizers looking at a larger picture of creating a space for youth to gather after school and recognizing that our growing population would benefit from a central gathering space from young to old.

From those seeds came the development of the plan for the Holmen Area Community Center.

The organizers have been very deliberate to seek professional guidance to create an organizational model that will allow the center to be sustainable for the long term.

The community partners that have committed to believing in and financially supporting this effort are wide ranging and extensive. We have governmental bodies and many businesses and individuals committed to this cause. Many local service organizations also want to be included in the operation of the center to meet many long-term health and educational needs of our community.

Altogether, these groups represent the depth of belief in the need and viability that this community center can, and will, succeed.

We've been giving financially for several years and will continue to do so. We're appreciative of the plan and its scope to serve all of Holmen. This center is needed and will be valued.

Kevin Baird, Holmen

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