The Cabin is more than 30 years old and common to any structure that has withstood 30 years in the harsh climate of the Northeast Kingdom, there are always items that need replacing or upgrading. Additionally, to keep The Cabin in working order, there are annual projects that require attention. Many people that have been to and enjoyed The Cabin in the past have asked us how they can help in the mission to make it available for generations to come. We've identified two broad categories for how you can help support The Cabin:
- Financial support - for the general operating fund or towards a specific project
- Skilled labor to repair / upgrade / maintain specific needs
Ideas that will help us meet specific and ongoing needs (not necessarily in order of priority):
Become a Summit Partner
For a minimum gift of $1,000 annually, your gift will allow EHMI to provide need-based scholarships (i.e. grants to pastors, students and others) and to help keep overall costs down for our guests. Summit Partner gifts go into The Cabin operating budget to address vital ongoing expenses and will ensure someone’s financial situation does not preclude them from making a trip to The Cabin.
After 30 years, we’d like to replace all six bunk mattresses. We'll haul the new ones up the mountain and the old ones down. We’ve found comfortable yet durable replacement mattresses at $140 each. We have replaced TWO already and need to fund four more by 2021. Our hope is that these new mattresses will encourage a restful nights’ sleep.
“Buy a Chair”
Currently there is one "comfortable" chair that is in need of repair. As we continue to replace old and worn out furnishings at The Cabin, we’d like to upgrade the seating so guests can more comfortably gather at the table for a shared meal or around the wood stove to engage in conversation. We could use four additional chairs that are sturdy, comfortable and can fold and stow with ease. In the meantime, we could use donations in any amount specifically for purchasing new chairs.
Provide a scholarship for someone who cannot afford to stay at The Cabin. Mark your donation "scholarship fund" and we will earmark the gift for that specific use as needed. The cost per person per night is $50.
Emergency / Overflow Shelter: We could use skilled help to build an emergency shelter and overflow shelter in the utility shed, which sits 200 feet from The Cabin. This would be vital in the event of a fire.
Appliance Expertise: We need an appliance expert to adjust the stove burners and check the propane regulator.
Carpentry: We need a carpenter to replace a rotting windowsill and a drafty storm door at The Cabin.
Trailblazers: We always need crews to assist with trail maintenance, marking and clearing.
Woodsmen & Woodswomen: We always need folks who are willing to cut, split and stack firewood which is the primary fuel to heat The Cabin. It’s a fun and gratifying experience!
CrossFit Training: For those looking for a workout, we are always in need of people who are willing to carry heavier than usual backpack loads up and down the mountain. Just think - a CrossFit workout that helps move our mission forward!
We are thankful and grateful for any and all support from our Friends of The Cabin.