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Westward Bound and What We’re Working On
 In the past few months, the Tapply-Thompson Community Center (TTCC) has seen an amazing show of Community support, with business sponsors, individual donors, and granting agencies helping us to realize our Mission, which is to “Build a stronger community through enriching activities, recreation and family support, where people of all ages are engaged, encour- aged, and nurtured.”
We have certainly met our mission with our recent work, which includes an amazing effort from our Staff to put together an additional camp to accom- modate more youth. Facing a 60-person deep waiting list for Summer Camp, TTCC decided to step up and meet the challenge by adding another whole camp, hiring additional personnel, and leaving no students behind. As they finish their sixth week, the camps will have visited places such as Canobie Lake Park, The Flume, an overnight at Lone- some Lake, and Franconia Notch -with the fun always on!
As we enter the second half of the season, our next big thing is our 14th Annual Westward Bound Expedition Project, where we send students out West for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to explore
five different National Parks. We have been working on this trip for months and want to really thank our sponsors this year for making this trip possible, with our major sponsor, the NH Electric Cooper- ative awarding us a major grant for the project.
We have also received sup- port from the Newfound Area Charitable Fund, TTCC Teen Council, The Plymouth Rotary Club, Bristol Rotary Club, Tilton Walmart, the Groovy Noodle, the Phat Fish Restaurant, The Grotto, Bristol House of Pizza, Basic Ingredients, Gilpatric Log- ging, JW Moses Construction, Tenney Mountain Appliance, Piches’, Danbury Country Store, and Gilpatric Metal Recycling. A huge thank you goes out to all our community partners, this years Westward Bound Expedition Trip has been made possible through your support, Thank you!
Community Coming Together for a Cause
The TTCC would also like to share some exciting news, as we have received several grants this past month, which will help us to operate more smoothly and to attend to some much- needed repairs for our Center at 30 North Main Street in Bristol.
The first grant we received was from Grafton County in June, which will go towards Operat- ing costs, as we also received a generous grant from the Couch Family Foundation, which will go towards scholarships for our afterschool and Summer Camp programs. We are so thankful for these recent awards and for what they will enable us to do moving into the future.
Our last recent grant award is from the Community Develop- ment Finance Authority (CDFA) and their Community Center Investment Program (CCIP). TTCC was awarded CDFA re- sources to renovate our current Community Center, which will include a full security installa- tion, a new heating and cooling
system, and overall upgrades to meet the needs of everyone who visits. Our renovations will also include new flooring, ADA-ac- cessible bathrooms, moving our offices to the front of the build- ing, and much-needed drainage and foundation work. We are very thankful to all our Commu- nity Partners as we continue to do the work outlined in our re- cent Strategic Plan.
On August 26th, we will be hosting our Annual Lob- ster-Chicken Dinner as part of the Bristol Old Home Day cele- bration. We will be selling 50-50 raffle tickets all day long and will have an information booth avail- able to help answer any questions about our upcoming building projects, which include plans to build a New Community Cen- ter in the coming years. We have been working hard on the plan- ning for our new building, which will house a gymnasium, com- mercial kitchen, and program- ming space for both students and residents to use and enjoy.
As we plan for another Cen-
ter, we want to assure everyone that we will not be leaving our present building, as we will need every square foot of space we can manage to accommodate the needs of our eight-town cov- erage area. When TTCC met to develop its latest Strategic Plan, we understood that our current location was not sufficient to meet the ongoing needs of our Community, and that increases to both our budget and scope were necessary to fulfill our mission. We will keep you all updated as to our plans and will post dates and times for public meetings coming up in September, as we truly thank all of our Commu- nity Partners, Thank you!
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