photos Frank Simpson
Renovations are underway and expected to continue through the summer months for the conversion of the old Cavanagh Center, former West Petaluma home to the Boys and Girls Club, into spiffy and spacious new digs for the city's wonderful Mentor Me Petaluma organization.
If you'd like to help lend a hand on this great project for the youth of our community, this summer, Mentor Me could certainly use your help. There are tasks galore for the skilled and unskilled alike. If you are able to paint, clean, organize, install flooring, do plumbing, register to volunteer through partnering non-profit, Rebuilding Together Petaluma. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boys & Girls Club opened the center back in 1958. It pulled out of this particular facility in 2011, citing operational costs. Over the past few years the building has been used as a rental space by community groups every now and again.
Mentor Me space in schools throughout the city has offered limited scope for recreation and activities and the non-profits offices on Keller Street were cramped and inadequate. The redo at Cavamagh will provide administration headquarters, a board room, conference room and a mentor training room.The organization hopes to move in by the time school starts back in session. A second phase of renovations is set to include a tutoring cente, career counseling center and computer lab.
Mentor training will be expanded to year-round and not dependent on school space once the new center is up and running. This win-win agreement between the city and a non-profit that benefits the community in so many ways is being considered a template scenario in which to better utilize and fund the cost of underultized, city-owned space.
This pace of action would not have been realistic without the outstanding work and support of Rebuilding Together Petaluma.