Tolson Center for Community Excellence

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Giving Tuesday - Thank You!

Giving Tuesday 2022

It is said that “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” As we survey all that has happened in the last few months, and the last few years, we are filled with both joy and gratitude. One week past this year’s Giving Tuesday, and as we look ahead to the end of the year and the various celebrations that lie ahead, we just want to say thank you.

Financial Wellness Workshop

Financial Wellness workshops will be held every Tuesday from 4pm-5pm starting October 18th at the Historic Roosevelt Center here in Elkhart. These workshops are brought to you by Inova Federal Credit Union. Each participant will be entered to win a gas card or a Martins gift card.

Lois Mason

Introducing Lois Mason

The board of the Tolson Center for Community Excellence announced Monday, October 10, 2022, the hiring of Lois Mason, as executive assistant. She is the second full-time staff member of the Tolson Center for Community Excellence. Tolson’s Executive Director, Breanna Allen, Ed.D., was appointed in March 2022.

A peek inside

Building Update: A Peek Inside

It has been an absolute joy to work with Meticulous. In the early phases of their concept development, they provided the following executive summary in envisioning the New Tolson Center for Community Excellence. “We understand the Tolson Center for Community Excellence is a fully encompassing community center for all ages, youth to senior, and should reflect an authentic yet elevated architectural look respective of the community.”

Building Update: Fundraising

The reality of a new building of this size and scope is that we will be relying on the generosity of the City of Elkhart, private investors and all of our community. As an independent organization from the city, we have fundraising and capital campaigns in the works to ensure that we’re broadening our financial foundation.

Building Update: Regarding the Gym

With any major construction project, there is a lot to consider and people have a lot of questions. We intend to live into our high value for transparency and want to address some of the questions that have been voiced in our community.

Our New Building

Many in our community have reached out to remark on the absence of what stood for over 30 years. There is a mix of sadness and excitement. We want to share what has been imagined thus far, and what is coming as we begin the remarkable next chapter for Tolson.

We are Hiring

We Are Hiring!

The Tolson Center for Community Excellence is looking for an Executive Assistant. Thinking of a career change? Know of someone who would be a good fit? Help us find a trusted partner to advance Tolson’s mission, values, and goals. The position description and details can be found on our website at www.tolson.org/leadership.

Demolition Starts, A New Era Begins

Tolson, for the past 30 years has operated under the City of Elkhart. However, there is a new chapter. The City of Elkhart joined community momentum for Tolson Center for Community Excellence to be an independent 501(c)3 organization.

Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking Success

We want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all those who were able to attend yesterday’s groundbreaking celebration. It was a wonderful time with live music, great food, and sunny weather.

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Past, Present, and Future

The Tolson Center for Community Excellence builds off the foundation established by Herbert and Ruth Tolson and carried forward by the City of Elkhart for decades. A true community partnership—built on the feedback from residents—is creating a revitalized Tolson Center rooted in South Central Elkhart, reaching across generations and cultures to serve all of the Elkhart community and beyond.

Growth

Holistic growth through intergenerational interaction

Accessibility

Accessibility and service for all bodies and minds

Stewardship

Good stewardship of human, financial and ecological assets

Integrity

Integrity and safekeeping across all operations

Leadership

Responsible engagement through leadership and participation

Legacy

Respect for legacy in the center’s history and contributions

A New Era

A soccer ball in the foreground and numerous people in the background on a field at dusk.

Mission

The Tolson Center for Community Excellence empowers lives through inclusive learning, recreation and cultural exchange, opening doors to bright futures.

Vision

The Tolson Center for Community Excellence will be a centerpiece for an enlivened South Central Elkhart, a premier destination for neighbors near and far, and a pathway to equity and opportunity for all.

What about programming between now and the new facility opening?

The Tolson Center is being operated by the City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department through early 2022. In 2022, Tolson will close for construction for about a year and a half. At that time the Parks and Recreation Department plans to continue programming in nearby facilities, through community partnerships to continue to positively impact the local community.

 

Board Information

The Tolson Board has been hard at work for over a year. We have a very capable board that brings a lot of perspectives. Committees include: Governance, Executive, Finance & Audit, Building & Park Design, Program Priorities, External Communications, Senior Leadership Search Taskforce, and a Fundraising Committee.

The board meeting together at the Elkhart Health and Aquatic Center

Answers to Your Questions

When does Tolson break ground?

Work is ongoing on a new leadership and financing structure. Construction is scheduled to begin mid-2022. Our collective patience will be rewarded as a remarkable new chapter for Tolson will be unveiled in 2023.

What services will Tolson have in 2023?

We are in conversation with various partner organizations who will help us deliver excellent programming for all ages. Specific program decisions will be made by Tolson staff closer to the opening of the new facility.

Who is on the staff leadership team?

Following the hiring of our new Executive Director, Breanna Allen, we will continue our process to hire additional Tolson staff leadership. We anticipate that throughout 2022 a variety of staff positions will become available.

Why a whole new building?

The new building will double the square footage, have two gyms, as well as independent spaces for inclusive learning, recreation, and cultural exchange. Learn More.

 

Tolson Center for Community Excellence
1320 Benham Ave
Elkhart, IN 46516

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