Support Us

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Spencer-Penn Centre has come a long way since 2004, when the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization purchased the former Spencer-Penn School and went to work transforming it into a nationally recognized historical site and vital community resource. The Centre now houses a library, a computer lab, two performance spaces, a dance studio and a kitchen incubator, and offers a wide range of classes, activities and services.

The initial renovations, which restored the school to its original 1927 design, have been mostly completed, and the Centre’s staff and volunteers have had the opportunity to focus their attention on improvements: most recently, a security system has been put in place; part of the roof has been replaced; the length of the Centre’s walking trail has been more than doubled, with a footbridge added in the process; and new, energy-efficient windows have been installed. Soon, thanks to a generous donation, a new heating system will make the old school’s drafty hallways (almost) as warm as its classrooms.

The SPSPO has been blessed with many such generous donors since 2004; without them the Centre would not be where it is today. The organization’s vision is that donations and income from event rentals will one day support the Centre’s operational costs, while income from special fundraising events will support projects such as roof replacement. But we are not quite there yet, and we ask you to help support this unique resource that has done so much in the past decade to enrich the Spencer-Penn community and surrounding areas.

Support the fund-raising efforts of the SPSPO by purchasing a hand-painted ornament in the shape of the 1927 section of Spencer-Penn School? Or how about a refrigerator magnet in the same design? Both are for sale for $10.00 each and would make terrific mementos for Spencer-Penn alumni, former students or staff, or anyone interested in the preservation of the school.

Donate

Spencer-Penn is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization since 2005

Donations may be designated (restricted) or undesignated (unrestricted).

     Designated donations are directed toward a specific purpose requested by the donor, such as resources for the Library and the Tech Lab; specific programs, like our summer programs for children; and funds for renovation and improvement projects (the current fund is dedicated to energy efficiency, and will be used primarily for new doors and insulation).

     Undesignated donations (also known as Annual Giving Donations), are used to fund the operational costs of the facility, such as maintenance, salaries, utilities and insurance. These are the donations most urgently needed by the Centre at the current time. To recognize Annual Giving Donors, a plaque has been placed in the Banquet Hall foyer; each donor has his or her name added to the plaque, with the year and the level of the donation

Trifold Annual Giving

ANNUAL GIVING LEVELS

Principal Level.............................$5,000 




Senior Level ....................................... $2,400




Junior Level ....................................... $1,800




Sophomore Level ............................... $1,200




Freshman Level ................................. $600




Elementary Level............................... $300




Donors are also honored at a special ceremony, usually held in November of each year, and are recognized as well in The Chalkboard (the Centre’s newsletter) and monthly e-mail updates.
The SPSPO is a nonprofit corporation registered under 26 USC § 501(c)(3), which means that all donations it receives in support of the Spencer-Penn Centre without return of goods or services are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a donation to help continue the work, the Spencer-Penn Centre accepts cash, checks and credit cards.

* All donations are tax-deductible.

Become a Member

We Want You to Join Us!

The Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization would like to invite you to become a member to help us “continue the tradition.” With enough willing bodies and positive spirits, we can accomplish great feats. With your support, the Spencer-Penn Centre will continue its service heritage and stand proudly for decades to come.

Individual Membership ................................. $10




Family Membership .................................. $25




Lifetime Membership .................................. $100




Company Membership .................................. $50




Annual Meeting is held on the second Monday of October, from 7:00 to 8:30pm. You may pay your membership dues online, at a meeting, or mail your check payable to the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization - or - SPSPO.

The Spencer-Penn Centre

P.O. Box 506

Spencer, VA 24165

 

 

 

 

Volunteer

Spencer Penn’s Most Valuable Resource. The success rate for turning an old school into a productive and vivable contribution to the community is very low. Other communities have tried and failed. Spencer Penn’s volunteers are the determining factor.

Since the very beginning, volunteers have given their energy, talents and time to make Spencer Penn a success. Renovating tasks included painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and anything else that needed to be done. Other volunteers became active in establishing the library. During the many fundraising events, volunteers stepped up to handle any jobs that were needed. Local bakers baked many desserts and donated them. Whatever Spencer Penn needed, someone came forward. Spencer Penn has come a long way but the need for volunteers is still great if “she” continues.

Volunteer Opportunities

Jacklegs: The original “jacklegs” (the group of retired carpenters, plumbers, electricians who meet each Monday) are getting older so we need younger “Jacklegs”.  We meet every Monday to do repairs and you are served lunch after working!

Library: The library is always in need of volunteers Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am to 8pm. We also have a summer reading program: 6 weeks, 2 hours a week during library hours.

Music Night: One of our busiest nights is Music Night, the second Friday of every month. We need individuals to help pass out quarterly posters to area businesses & organizations.  On the day of we need volunteers to collect donations at the door, sell 50/50 tickets, help in the kitchen & donate desserts.

Promotional Materials: Help us with folding, stuffing and stamping in the office.

current volunteer sign up sheets

 

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