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A new home in 2019
We're working to turn the beautiful former Deer Country Quilts building into a thriving nonprofit hub!
The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is spearheading an exciting new project: creating a community space in the heart of downtown Seeley Lake. In December 2018, SLCF acquired a beautiful 3,700 square-foot log building on a half-acre lot along Highway 83. We are in the process of turning the space into a hub for community activities and a centralized location for residents and visitors to access important services.
Our vision for this building is to create an exciting and inspiring local space where nonprofits are united to meet the common economic, social, cultural, and educational needs and aspirations of Seeley Lake, Montana.
This project will help organizations come together to achieve more than they can on their own, and bring our small rural community together with shared spaces for nonprofits, a visitor center, and a place for workshops and art displays. It will create new community infrastructure, providing needed services in one beautiful, multi-functional space.
Although we are only an hour from Missoula, accessing the multitude of services available there is challenging for many residents, especially the low-income and the elderly. What if more Missoula nonprofits had a hub to provide satellite services to clients in a beautiful log building in downtown Seeley Lake? What if we could bring world-class educational activities into the beautiful space? What if we fostered a home for new community dreams to be born, right in the heart of downtown? The possibilities are huge for what this project could mean for this small rural town.
The Seeley Lake Community Foundation exists to support local nonprofit organizations, and connect and grow resources for the Seeley Lake area. Our investment in this building is a wonderful opportunity for SLCF to create a beautiful, multi-functional space to enhance the quality of life and sense of community of Seeley Lake, MT. This building will help Seeley Lake residents face the unique challenges of rural living and help build a healthy, successful, and sustainable community.
The Seeley Lake Regional Plan notes: “The community recognizes that growth in the downtown portion of the Plan Area has the potential to revitalize the community, increase the economic opportunities available to residents, allow for increased density, and provide expanded services.” A centrally located community space in Seeley Lake, MT, has incredible potential for making a difference here.
Right along the bike path, in a community without a central downtown, this half-acre property has so much potential for increasing livability, connectivity, and a sense of community for this rural, unincorporated town.
Work is underway to remodel the interior, transitioning the open-floor plan retail space into comfortable office spaces and collaborative workspaces, including six offices downstairs, and a conference room upstairs. An exciting new development is that the new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building will be one of the first structures connected to high-speed fiber internet in Seeley Lake!
This space will be a new home for the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, and we have several groups lined up to be housed in this community hub with us.
Each year, SLCF gives grants to nonprofits for local projects, offers the Change Your Pace Challenge, a community fundraiser encouraging giving to local groups, and coordinates I Ride, a medical appointment van shuttle, supplying a critical unmet need for many of Seeley Lake’s seniors and disabled.
The satellite office of Missoula Aging Services will join us in the ADA-accessible central space of the building, helping the Seeley-Swan Valley’s older residents successfully age in place.
The local Chamber of Commerce visitor center will be in the east wing of the building, promoting local businesses and helping a mainstay of our rural economy from this convenient downtown location.
Missoula County Weeds District will have an office space, providing support to local landowners through grant funding for invasive species control, monitoring aquatic invasive species, and education programs.
SLCF would love to bring other groups into the space, to further help Seeley Lake. Contact Claire Muller for information about being involved: (406) 677-3506.
On the property, SLCF will be hosting the weekly Seeley Lake farmer’s market for the 2019 season, continuing the tradition of providing healthy and sustainable socializing and purchasing options for local residents each summer. The weekly farmer’s market will run from Father’s Day to Labor Day.
Most groups will be moving into the new space in late May, the visitor center will open Memorial Day weekend, and SLCF will hold a grand opening for the building on June 15th.
Come visit us this summer!
How can you help?
In combination with a substantial donation from the previous owners of almost half of the value of the building, SLCF purchased the property in December 2018. Fundraising began at the 2018 SLCF banquet in August, where over 80% of the down payment was raised in one night by generous donors! Our goal is to raise an additional $200,000 for our new home, and to create community meeting and workshop opportunities.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to creating a new home for SLCF!
If this project intrigues you, please contact SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller to discuss ways you can help, or please contribute through the button at the top of the page! We're excited for what 2019 will bring in this beautiful space.
The home stretch
May: Walls are getting painted, trim is being meticulously cut, and a new home is in sight. Come visit us Saturday June 15th for the grand opening of the new Seeley Lake Community Foundation building!
April: Work is underway to remodel the interior, transitioning the open-floor plan retail space into comfortable office spaces and collaborative workspaces, including six offices downstairs, and a conference room upstairs.
Future home of…
March: Current and former SLCF board members, excited about the new building!
Oh the potential!
February: SLCF is in talks with local organizations about how to use the space. Here’s the empty building, looking west, towards the highway. Thanks Andi Bourne, from the Pathfinder, for this beautiful shot.
A new year, a new vision
January: Our vision for the space develops. SLCF envisions this building as an exciting and inspiring local space where nonprofits are united to meet the common economic, social, cultural, and educational needs and aspirations of Seeley Lake, Montana.
Close to closing
December: Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier visited Seeley Lake recently to discuss all things Seeley, and visions for the future. Here, Dave is getting comfortable checking out the new space before SLCF closed on the building and DCQ moved out entirely at the end of December!
Transforming the space
November: Here's a view from the loft of the Deer Country Quilts building, complete with their beautiful fabrics.
We're busy exploring how to create a space designed for non-profits to energize the projects and goals of their missions and engage the local community through sharing services and co-working.