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Running a non-profit center can be quite expensive.

Just starting a new class or workshop can require new (or more) tools, paper (LOTS of paper), table space, chairs... In short, we are always glad to accept donations of items from any contributor. If you only have one of one of the items on the list, we would still be happy to accept it. And, since we are a 501(c)(3), you can take the value of the donations off your taxes.

How to donate?

Email us or call 574-315-2794 and let us know what you would like to donate. we will set up a time that you can either drop it off, or we can come get it (within reason).

Here is a list of some of the things we are looking for right now:

Saw horses (preferably collapsible)/9 pair

These saw horses can be used for many things. The most immediate need would be for our new solar panel building workshops. Giving the students a place to assemble their solar panels without having to do it on the ground. We would prefer the collapsible types since we need to limit our storage space.

Cordless Drills/8

These drills are so greatly needed, not only for our solar panel building workshops, but also for our composting and vermicomposting workshops. Why cordless? Because the mentioned workshops are held out of doors. Not really safe to have extension cords all over the place where people walk. At the moment, GOSI has one Genisis brand 18 volt cordless drill which does a wonderful job. Any working drills of this type would be MOST welcome.

3/8 inch bit for drills/8

These bits (to be used with the drills) are mainly for use in our composting and vermicomposting workshops.

Soldering irons (40 watts or higher pencil irons)/8

These irons are essential for the solar panel building workshops. I am currently using a 60 watt pencil iron from Radio Shack, but I will need more before the first workshop.

Caulking guns/9

Caulk is used to seal out the elements from the inside of the solar panels. The most cost efficient way to get the caulk is in tubes that are used in a caulk gun. These guns are simple things (we don't need the powered ones), but we do need several.

Adjustable wrenches (3 inch or larger)/18

There are always items in the various workshops that will need asjusting, tightening or loosening. In the solar panel building workshops the power connecters on the solar panels are nuts and bolts and will need to be tighened after they are put into place.

DC-AC Inverter (1500 watts - continuous - or larger)/2

We are planning on having some canning workshops this year and would like to able to hold them free from extension cords. To that end we will be building a movable platform that will have a battery bank in the bottom and will hold 2 larger hot plates (1100 watt ones ideally) on the top. With two DC-to-AC invertors, we can power both plates at the same time and that will allow the workshop to run smoothly.

1100 watt hot plates/2

For the canning workshops mentioned above. The smaller hot plates do not supply enough heat to can with.

16 qt (?) pressure canner/1

Smaller pressure canners (my mother used a 9 qt canner when I was growing up) work better on electric stoves and hot plates. 16 qt size is about the largest to safely be use on an electric stove or hot plate.

12 qt (?) boiling bath canner/1

Here again, I am looking for a smaller canner to use on the hot plates.

Canning tools/1 set

This is more of a convenience item. My mother used a lot of different things for canning. Some of them weren't actually for "canning". I just thought it would be nice to show students what the proper set of tools look like.

Batteries (deep cycle – 350 AMP or more)/3 (at 12VDC) or 6 (at 6 VDC)

These would be the batteries for the hot plate stand as well as for a rolling computer desk that is in the works. The reason I have it worded the way I do, is because there are 6 volt and 12 volt deep cycle batteries. The DC-to-AC invertors are designed to run on 12 volts, so I would have to wire the 6-volt batteries together to get 12 volts. Incidentally, golf cart batteries (which are 6-volts) are ideal for this setup.

DC-AC Inverter (1000 W peak or more)/1

This is the invertor for the computer desk. it will allow us to run our computer off the batteries above.

Trickle Chargers/2

So we can charge the batteries for the computer desk and hot plate stand until we have everything off the power grid. Did I tell you were are looking at getting the entire place off grid?

2-1/2 inch screws/3 lb box

Hardware for building the computer desk and the hot plate stand.

1-5/8 inch screws/3 lb box

Hardware for building the computer desk and the hot plate stand.

Printer paper/1 case

We use a LOT of paper here. flyers, hand outs, reports. They all take paper. In a year's time we will probably go through more than a case. We will gladly accept contributions of as little as a ream (package). It does need to be 8-1/2x11 inch paper though.

Please keep checking back as we will add and delete things as needed.

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