Community hall aims to ‘Raise the Roof’

A 60-day campaign has been launched to raise money for the Clinton Community Hall’s new roof.

The Clinton Community Hall is in need of some support.

A new roof, to be exact, that will support the structure of the 56-year-old building. The existing roof has been leaking, and talks about replacing it have been ongoing for several years.

“It’s not patchable anymore,” said Sue Mills, who is president of the hall’s board of directors.

The board has launched a 60-day “Raise the Roof” campaign with the goal to raise enough money for a new roof.

Since 2016, the board has saved a total of $16,000 for the replacement roof, but as much as $55,000 will be needed to complete the project.

Several layers of failing asphalt shingles and an underlying plywood base will all need to be replaced.

Mills said the board is considering a metal roof, which is more expensive but more appealing because of its durability and lesser impact on the environment.

“Whidbey Island is a very environmentally aware community and looking to the future, we’re trying to make good decisions that will support the environment and keep this island the beautiful, serene natural environment that we love so much,” she said.

Because of the pandemic, the community hall missed out on two years of Mayfest, an annual fundraiser benefiting the community center.

Donors participating in the roof campaign will be recognized for their contributions in a manner that is still being determined by board members. There are three levels of contribution: silver ($100 or more), gold ($500 or more) and platinum ($2,000 or more).

To donate, visit clintoncommunityhall.org/raise-the-roof-campaign or send a check made out to “Clinton Community Hall” at PO Box 612, Clinton WA 98236.

As of Thursday, $1,750 in donations has been raised.

The Clinton Community Hall has been relatively quiet for the past year, although the Clinton Community Council made a recent return to in-person meetings in the building.

Moving forward, Mills said, they want the hall to support more civic and charitable events.

“We want to be a place where children and families and retired people and working people, everyone, can come to and enjoy and build a sense of community,” she said.

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