Feb 2, 2010 5:02 PM by News First 5

Fundraising for community centers underway

Four community centers in Colorado Springs have two months left to find enough money to stay open.

Hillside, Meadows, West and Deerfield Hills could close if the funding isn't found but many say they're off to a good start in trying to raise the cash. 

REPORTER: How much do you guys have to raise?

ERIC PHILLIPS: We're looking at at least half a million (dollars) or more.

Eric Phillips is the chair of a newly formed group called The Community Center Task Force.  They're talking to businesses, asking restaurants to hold fundraisers and even knocking on doors to try to find money. "I think we'll get to that point or at least close to it," said Eric.

"There's a lot of great space at these community centers and it's really a question of filling the space and getting people who are willing to pay a little something to use the space," said Councilman Sean Paige. 

Renting space is one way Paige is trying to find funding for the centers, many of which are in his district.  "It's going to be tough but we're going to give it our best shot," he said.

Paige says they may also have to raise rates and cut jobs at the center to keep them from doing dark.

The Task force  will meet on Tuesday at Hillside Community Center (925 South Institute Street ) at 6:30 p.m. 



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