One of the best characteristics of Woldumar is its historical connections to some of the most influential members of Lansing’s past. The Woldumar property originally belonged to Gladys Olds Anderson, daughter of automobile pioneer R.E. Olds. It was donated to the Woldumar Nature Association over 50 years ago to be used for environmental education efforts. With that gift came a large dairy barn, which was dubbed the title of R.E. Olds Anderson Rotary Barn in 2004 when Rotary Clubs in the area helped with major renovations. Since that time, Woldumar has used the space for camps, school programs, and community events, making it an invaluable asset to our environmental education efforts.
In July of this year, a visitor nominated Woldumar to be the recipient of Lansing State Journal’s Make a Difference Day Grant, which would provide us with funds and volunteers to re-paint the R.E. Olds Anderson Rotary Barn. Woldumar made it to the online voting round, and the support we gained was phenomenal; Woldumar had a strong lead for the majority of the time that voting was open. Our lead was swept away during the final hours, which was a disappointment to say the least, but it was a great encouragement to have the support of over 2,000 individuals during that voting week.
A few weeks after the voting had closed, we were approached by a volunteer who wanted to help us by painting some of the trouble spots on the barn. He graciously donated his time and supplies for this project, and we were once again astounded by the kindness and support of the community. Art Kyler, a long-time volunteer and lifetime member of Woldumar, saw the importance of a fresh coat of paint and referred us to a company that had recently painted his own barn. Seeing our need, a representative from the painting company gave us a discounted quote, but he mentioned there was a small time frame in which he would be able to complete the job.
We quickly launched an online campaign in an attempt to raise the funds needed to re-paint the barn. With your help, we were able to raise almost 50% of the necessary funds over one weekend – a true testament to the positive change that can come about with the help of a community. The majority of the barn was painted the next week, and only a small unpainted section remains. A handful of kind-hearted volunteers have offered to assist with the last portion of this project, provided that Woldumar can secure funds for the last few gallons of paint. We are confident that the support we have received thus far will continue so that we can see through to the completion of this project.
We are incredibly thankful for the volunteers and donors who have stepped forward to help with this project. Woldumar exists for our constituents and by our constituents; the benefits of Woldumar’s accomplishments exist because of the tremendous support of the community and are enjoyed by many. If you would like to donate your time and/or expertise towards the completion of this project, please contact us at 517-322-0030. Donations can be made here– please select “Barn Painting Fundraiser” as the type.