Community Credit Union presents cheque to support CMHA CEH fundraiser

Community Credit Union has presented a cheque to the Colchester East Hants Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA CEH) in support of their fundraising campaign for the group's new space at the former Bargain Shop on Prince Street.

The ten-year, $350,000 commitment was announced in November by Darrell Kuhn, president and CEO of the Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester Ltd., when the CMHA CEH launched their Branching Out Building Campaign.

Kuhn tells our newsroom that the board of directors was approached by CMHA CEH Executive Director Susan Henderson and her group, who gave a "passionate presentation".

He says the board decided they wanted to be involved and provide a jump-start to the fundraising campaign, which also supports one of their key values: the well-being of the community.

In addition, Community Credit Union will rent of the CMHA CEH's space for a kiosk, with a self-serve desk and tablets, as well as offices and offering the ability to make night deposits.

Henderson says the arrangement will help them to sustain their mortgage.

She says they've currently raised around $800,000 of their $2 million fundraising goal, most of which is spread out from various groups over a period of five to ten years.

The nearly $300,000 needed for this year has just about been raised, and Henderson says a sign is expected to soon go up on the side of the building to show the campaign's progress.

Renovations to the roof are one of the major challenges with the building, and Henderson says they're hoping the work can begin in the next few weeks.

From there, the renovations inside can take shape, including electrical, heating, ventilation, and office work.