Helen Matthes Library received a sizable donation that incites board members past and present, as well as employees to contribute to the new building campaign.
A $20,000 gift, awarded by the Lumpkin family trust of Mattoon, was followed by a promise to match up to $20,000 in donations by library staff or current and past board members, said Library Director Amanda McKay at Monday's meeting.
McKay informed the current board that they should contact former members of the library board and hopefully the donation will “be a way to incentivize staff to donate.”
The funds are being raised for the renovation of the former Fifth Third Bank building, which will serve as the future home of the library. The library has raised $589,487 in funds, or 30 percent of its goal, said McKay. She added that the total pending gifts to the library has reached 48 percent of its overall goal but said that is an optimistic figure as those funds haven't been secured.
“We are still seeking additional donors,” said McKay.
There is no current time table for the renovation work.
For more, see Tuesday's print edition.