Welcome to the Memorial Community Center
Our goal is to provide a safe, accessible community space for activities and programs that meet the community needs; to raise consciousness through education, art, music, and culture; to advance the full inclusion of all persons of the community.
The Memorial Community Center has become the hub for many local groups and clubs and is home to the only preschool program in the rural areas of Trestle Creek, Hope, and Clark Fork. We also coordinate an annual Christmas Giving Program for over 50 local families and provide college scholarships to graduating high school students. All of this is possible due to the efforts of our hard working board members and all of our dedicated volunteers.
MCC was built to honor and carry on the legacy of community spirit of five young people who lost their lives in a boating accident on Lake Pend Oreille in 1982. (Bill & Kathie Yost, Steve & Joni Diehl, Mark Heumann) It all started as a dream in 1979 when David & Janou Scherb and Bill & Kathy Yost started talking about their desire for a preschool. They soon found out that several other local couples wanted the same thing. The Lizottes, Rolofsons, Scherbs, Van Stones and Yosts organized a preschool at various locations. Children were taught at the VanStone’s, the Lighthouse, Red Fir Resort and Hi-Hopes Cabins until it found it’s forever home at the Memorial Community Center in 1987.
“We always felt that in Hope we needed something for the kids.”
Construction began in 1985 and the building was dedicated on April 5, 1987. The building project was funded solely from donations. In 1984 the first Bodacious BBQ was held at Red Fir Resort in order to raise funds for the project. Over $20,000 was raised for construction of the building. Fred Page was a crucial part of the fundraising process. His search for a name that would be an attention grabber yielded the now famous title: “The Bodacious BBQ”.
Due to the amazing support of our community we’ve been able to carry on the dream that started so long ago by continuing to provide a quality education to the youngest members of our community as well as provide funds for local high school graduates to continue their education. We continue to be the place where groups such as the Clark Fork Valley Quilters, Fit and Fall Proof Class, Hope Fitness Class, and Alcoholic Anonymous meet on a regular basis. We also continue to provide the Christmas Giving Program to our local families in need.
Private donations, business sponsors, fundraisers, and grants fund the many great services we provide to our local communities. Please consider making a donation to MCC today!