The Carpenter Center, a non-profit recreation and education facility, has been awarded a
$15,000 grant from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation. The grant will be utilized to
provide much needed upgrades to the Community Fitness Room equipment. Most of the
equipment is original to the facility.
The total project cost is nearly $60,000 and will require a capital campaign to help offset the
remaining funds necessary to purchase new equipment and other upgrades. The generous
funds from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation will be used to purchase the new flooring
and several pieces of new equipment.
This much needed upgrade will benefit the Carpenter Center by offering improved equipment
and a facelift in our fitness room to encourage community members to utilize the fitness room,
and to see overall benefits in their physical health, while also improving mental and emotional
health through socialization and isolation prevention. Covid-19 restrictions impacted our most
vulnerable community members. By having access to the fitness options at the Carpenter
Center during the pandemic, and the resulting improvement in overall well-being, participants
will continue to see improvements in all aspects of their health and wellness.
The Carpenter Center was started in 1996 and is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to creating a
safe and positive environment for community members of all ages with an emphasis on
inclusion, wellness, fitness, and food sustainability. The mission of the Corporation is to
establish “The Terry and Hazeldeane Carpenter Intergenerational Center as a recreational and
educational facility, whose primary service area is Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, and its
surrounding communities. The Center offers its programs primarily, but not exclusively, to
parent’s children, and elderly who lack the financial resources to access existing educational
and recreational opportunities.”