LOUISVILLE - Steve Milam, UAW FPS coordinator, Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP), sits on the board of directors of the Lighthouse Community Center (LCC). LCC is a local community center aimed at assisting and mentoring “at risk” youth. This nonprofit company started as a simple after-school program, with the ability to serve 45 students. Today, it has grown to accommodate 250 students.
The program provides tutoring in several subjects for middle and elementary school students. It also offers sports and karate classes. In the future, it hopes to provide adult GED classes, as well as self-help classes.
LCC recently expanded its location to include a larger main building with the addition of a gymnasium. Roughly 50 percent of the construction was completed by volunteers. All of the funding for the project came from donations or grants. It is important to note that the program took out a $1.2 million loan. As of February 2012, this loan has been retired.
One method of fundraising was started by Milam. After watching a show called “Alaskan Adventure,” he started “Lighthouse Adventure.” A few days after Christmas, Milam set off on a mile hike into a wooded area to camp alone for three days. He raised $2,700 the first year. The next year, he had two people volunteer to camp with him and together they raised more than $5,000 for the community center. In the first three years, “Lighthouse Adventure” has raised nearly $15,000. Milan hopes this fundraising event continues to grow.