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Community center coming

Hoodland Women's Club is trying to fundraise $100,000 locally by June 1

The Hoodland Women's Club is forging onward to develop partnerships and continue fundraising for the new Hoodland Community Center.

As members prepare to open the next major mountain hub, they ask for local support in reaching a fundraising goal of $100,000 by June 1.

Thus far, the Hoodland community has raised $30,000 for the project, including a $7,500 donation from Timberline Lodge in commemoration of its 75th birthday.

These efforts help show major foundations contributing to the project its community support, said Diane Lokting, project manager.

'This project will benefit such a wide radius of people,' Lokting said.

Upcoming fundraisers include a May 20 tour through local bed and breakfasts. Another event will take place in July.

Lokting said fundraising pledges for the center can be made in one lump sum or broken out over time into smaller pledges. Pledge cards are available through her and the Hoodland Women's Club.

In the coming weeks, Lokting and the club will hear the results of an architectural and site study in preparation for the new building. These results of the studies will create more grant-writing opportunities.

A litany of ideas for the existing Dorman Center and its remaining acreage came up at a town hall meeting earlier this month among Clackamas County commissioners, the Parks Advisory Board and Hoodland residents.

No decisions have been made yet, but ideas for the Dorman Center include creating a skate park and taking down the sides of the building and leaving a roof as a freestanding pavilion.

Beyond an improved library and senior center, the new community center will offer space for community and private events, a space for children's programming, a conference room, four offices, a commercial kitchen, space for the Neighborhood Missions Food Closet and an outdoor venue.

Lokting said the club has received letters of intent from Clackamas Women's Services, Mt. Hood Community College and the Red Cross to create partnerships and occupy the center.

For more information about the community center project and fundraising, call Diane Lokting at 503-309-0720 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.