McVEYTOWN - In 2010, William Capouillez and his wife, Tracy, started the McVeytown Local Mission Service Foundation to provide the local residents a place where they could come together and enjoy athletics and take part in religious programs.
Capouillez said he and his wife also saw the need for a place where local kids could entertain themselves.
"What we wanted to do was give an opportunity for the kids to have something to do and keep them from getting into trouble," he said.
Sentinel photo by SARAH DAVIS
Artist’s rendering of the planned Mcveytown Community Center. Organizers of the project hope to break ground on the building in the spring.
What they came up with was the plans for a community building that could serve as a place for summer camps, meetings, private rentals for parties and a place for people to workout. The estimated cost of the building will be around $1.5-2 million, all from private donations.
"I wanted a place where we could pray if we wanted to pray. That is why we are privately funded without state or federal grants," Capouillez said.
Capouillez said they were planning to break ground on the building this fall, but because of the issues McVeytown Borough is having with the Environmental Protection Agency they are now hoping to break ground this spring.
However, the football field is completed and meets the standards set by the PIAA for a regular sized field. This means high school games can take place on the field. Capouillez said he has also been contacted by local high schools to see if their soccer teams could use the field.
Capouillez said they have yet to come up with firm prices for the use of the facilities, but since they are non-profit anything extra they make will go toward lowering the cost of membership and rentals. He also said the foundation has received a lot of support, from both local and state officials.
"We have received a lot of support from the McVeytown Borough, Oliver Township, Senator Corman and state Representative Benninghoff," he said.
More information about the McVeytown Community Center and the McVeytown Local Mission Service Foundation can be found online at www.mcveytownfoundation.com.