Contact Details and Online Donation

Donor List - as on Oct 30, 2017

Expenses Incurred - as on Aug 5, 2017

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Draft Layout of IACC site

Indo American Community Center (IACC)

Background

The first wave of Indian immigrants arrived in Delaware in the 1960s to attend the University of Delaware. As the non-student Indian population grew in the 1980s, about 20 families decided one day in a member's basement to start an organization with a formal constitution and structure. Indo American Association of Delaware (IAAD) (www.iaadelaware.org) was incorporated in Delaware in 1984 as a not for profit organization with a mission to serve the Indian community and become the cultural bridge between Indian Americans and the local community. Since then, IAAD has been serving the cultural, social, educational, and philanthropic needs of the local Indo American community and as an umbrella for other smaller regional / sub groups.

In the early 1990's, the desire for a Community Center and a Hindu Temple became apparent. The HTA subsequently came into existence but the Community Center remained a distant dream.

On April 14, 2017, the committee tasked with finding a suitable land for the IACC signed an agreement with the owner of a 12+ acre site – a major milestone after about 25 years of conceptualization (shown below is a panoramic view and a normal view of the site).

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Site Details

Address: 2038 S College Ave, Newark DE 19702 - approx. 4 miles from Bob Carpenter Center, UD, on Rte 896 - en route to LUMS Pond / Middletown. Adjacent to Eagle Trace Residential Development.
County information at: http://www3.nccde.org/parcel/Details/Default.aspx?ParcelKey=112837

Phase 1 – Purchase and roadmap for 2017

Funds: Purchase completed in July, 2017. As the donations took time to materialize, an Indian American couple stepped in with a soft loan of $300,000 for purchasing the property. The donation drive continues. Founder member status is to be given to donors (minimum $1000), till we collect sufficient funds to pay off the loan. To make the whole system transparent, the fund inflow will be updated on IAAD website on a monthly basis and the expenditure on a regular basis. All contributions to IAAD are tax deductible.
Governance: Have an interim Governing Body for IACC, which will comprise of major donors and existing site Committee members. Have 2 volunteer Center Administrators who will coordinate Community Center Activities for the next 2 years.

In Nov 2017, NCC gave a certification of zoning for the property as a Community Recreation Center. This meets our purpose of serving the welfare of the local community and helping them, especially the youth, to establish themselves as good and successful citizens.

Activities:

Phase 2 – Roadmap for 2018 / 2019

Funds: Plan to improve the site at a cost of $100K to $200K. Look for Phase 2 – founder members that can contribute a minimum amount (to be determined) and reach the desired target as per the development activities. Online payment facility to be made available.
Governance: Have the finalized Governing Body for IACC (to include 2 IAAD Board Members). Rules and Regulations to be in place. Benefits for donors / major donors to be decided.
Activities (Tentative):

Phase 3 – Roadmap for 2020 and beyond

Funds: Commence construction and complete the Community Center. Look for Phase 3 – founder members that can contribute a minimum amount (to be determined) and reach the desired target of approximately $1.5 to $2 Million.
Governance: Already in place. Introduce Smart cards and adequate Security systems. All reservations / transactions to be done online.
Activities (Tentative):
The Multi-purpose building, to be constructed at the property, will include Indoor games facility, Yoga / Meditation Rooms, Classrooms for various activities.

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