Offer to non-profitsSeptember 11, 2006 - TRC Several non-profit agency offices that serve the Piscataquis region have gotten a face lift recently, thanks to warehouse expansion plans at the old Dexter Shoe facility. Since being acquired by H. H. Brown, a Warren Buffet company, Dexter Shoe has been working toward increasing their warehouse capacity. The facility on Railroad Avenue in Dexter has been chosen as the logical site for these improvements. The only problem was that much of this space was former corporate office space when the company was based in Maine. Jason Reed, Director of Operations at the H. H. Brown Distribution Center in Dexter, said that rather than sell the office equipment the company decided to donate it to local non-profits. Upholstered office cubicles, bulletin boards, overhead shelving, desks and file cabinets were all up for grabs, as were miscellaneous office supplies such as staplers, tape dispensers and three-ring binders. Since the interlocking work stations were somewhat complicated to take down and reassemble, Reed even donated the time of Roland Herrick and other H. H. Brown Distribution Center staff to do that work for some non-profits. When our former Executive Director Mark Scarano heard about this opportunity, our office shared the information with other non-profits in the area, explained Sheila Grant from the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC). The PCEDC offices got a total makeover, including three new work stations complete with cubicles, desks, shelving and file cabinets. Our office looks much more professional now, thanks to this generous move on the part of H. H. Brown, said PCEDC President Scott Hersey. Also, any affordable housing grant applications that we generate at the PCEDC office must be kept in locking cabinets and we received several of those in addition to the new work stations. The Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department received fireproof filing cabinets, chairs, a conference table, a substantial amount of office supplies and a couple of very large safes, according to Sheriff John Goggin. We're extremely pleased, Goggin said. We appreciate their thinking of these non-profit organizations and we appreciate all the tax dollars saved for the people of Piscataquis County by H. H. Brown's donation of this office furniture. The Western Mountain Alliance is a small organization serving four counties, including Piscataquis, with community development programs and forums. When they began exploring a move into the offices of another non-profit, limited space was a significant issue. Our heartfelt thanks to Jason, Roland Herrick and the folks from H. H. Brown who so generously donated great office equipment and helped us transform a tight shared office space into a comfortable, work-friendly environment, said Executive Director Tanya Swain. Their donated equipment and the assistance of their staff has made a huge difference for our organization. We have limited financial resources to provide natural resource education programs and assistance to landowners in our community, so this contribution is greatly appreciated, said Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Executive Director Joanna Zink-Tarazzi. The district received a locking file cabinet in which to store sensitive data. Locking file cabinets also came to the rescue at the Penquis Higher Education Center. "Secure storage for our expanding student records was becoming problematic," said PHEC Director Merlene Sanborn. "The generosity of H. H. Brown allowed us to solve that concern." While the future warehouse space is much less furnished than it was, there are still some items available. Interested non-profits should contact Reed at 924-7341, ext. 222. Submitted by : Sheila Grant, Community Development Specialist Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, 564-3638NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.