Among the projects at CCWS which have been been able to be finalized thanks to the K of C funds are a new parking lot, a new addition to the building to allow expanded services, new washers and dryers, two new automatic doors and two automatic paper shredders.
Last year's drive raised the highest total ever, over $12,000. This year's designated project for the Work Services building is a new heating system and replacing a old, "obsolete" boiler. Work Services Co-director Calvin Carver says the heating system is "the heart of our whole operation," and the expected life-span of the current system expired 8-9 years ago.
The plan is to replace the current system with a R.A.S.E.R.S. system, which reclaims spent heat energy from dryers and washing machines and recycles it to heat fresh water for continued washing. Based on what other facilities have found, CCWS expects to save 55-60 percent on their energy costs with the new system. The new system costs $46,000, but CCWS has earmarked some of the funds raised last year for this project, and they also received a Legacy Grant of $7500 last spring and plan to apply that to the cost of purchasing the new system. The bottom line is that they will need about $15,000 to complete the project. A more efficient system will be more cost effective also, saving money in the long run, and thereby saving tax payer dollars.
Businesses and individuals who donated to last year's campaign will be contacted by letter soon, but anyone who wishes to contribute to the cause may do so at their local bank or you can send a check to the Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 265; Cherokee, IA 51012.