A building under construction at Iowa’s Decorah Fish Hatchery that is part of a national competition could use a little help from its friends.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chase Community Giving is awarding $3 million nationally in a campaign where people vote for their favorite nonprofit organization in good standing with a budget of less than $500,000.
The Decorah project is a visitor center and modern restroom near the hatchery that is being financed solely by donations and community grants. The effort is being lead by the friends group Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery and information on how to vote is included on its website http://www.decorahfishhatchery.org/ Voting is done on Facebook, so an account is necessary in order to vote.
The winner receives $250,000, second place is $100,000 and each place from three through 100 receives $25,000. The competition began Nov. 8 and ends on Nov. 22.
“We were in 50th place last week, but dropped to 63rd,” said Brian Malaise, hatchery manager at Decorah. “Each person can only vote once so we need to get the word out to keep the friends group in the top 100.”
Malaise said the building that will benefit from the any award money was designed to match those built in the 1930s by the CCC. He said the building is limestone and timber framing using nearly entirely mortise and tenon joinery with wooden pegs.
“The building is definitely going to have the ‘wow’ factor,” Malaise said. “Any prize money would help the friends group finish off the fundraising.”