The Polk County Cemetery Preservation Committee, PCCPC, is in danger of shutting down. Our general fund is under $300. It cost us a minimum of at least $100 per month. And that $100 only covers the cost of gas for the van to pick up volunteers and gas & oil and repairs to the equipment. This means we have enough money for two, maybe three more months unless we receive more funds.
As I see it, we have two options. One would be to continue like we have been in the past hoping more money will come in. Second would be to only maintain the cemeteries where donations have been received to cover the maintenance cost. Those cemeteries are Blooming Grove, Stewart Family and Van Wert Cemeteries. The funds for Van Wet have been exhausted though.
The other cemeteries that we have cleaned or worked on are: Ammons, Brumby, Cleveland Chapel, Etna, Evening Star, Hubbard-Brooks, Morning Star, Prior Family and St. Lukes. Barber, Battletown and Red Hill have been adopted and we are not working on them at this time.
The volunteers have worked hard cleaning up these cemeteries and I would hate to see them just grow up again. We now have seven (7) volunteers working in the cemeteries every week. The most we have had at any one time. It would be a shame to just give up after coming this far. People are beginning to call and give us information about cemeteries and even information about unmarked graves. I would hate to see all this valuable information lost to future generations.
Any suggestions or comments on how to overcome this lack of funds would be greatly appreciated. You can send your comments to me personally at
email@example.com. We will be discussing our options at the next PCCPC meeting on Saturday, July 17 at the Cedartown Library starting at 10 a.m.
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