The Emerald Coast Community of Makers (ECCM) seeks support to rebuild after a devastating and historic flood.

On April 29-30, 2014, over 24 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours; the event has been called the worst flooding in the Panhandle in 30 years by the National Weather Service. This event caught the residents of the region by surprise, turning low-lying areas on the Gulf Coast into instant lakes and spreading silt and sludge over everything. The neighborhood that FCAC and its sister organizations resides in suffered from this massive flooding.

The water intruded the ECCM block and more than 40 inches of water spilled into the ECCM building spreading a stew of sewage and silt into everything. Because the water was so high even the items on the workbenches were soaked.We lost a large percentage of our materials, tools, and furnishings.

We are rebuilding, removing wet dry wall, bleaching, and power washing anything resilient. We are trying to clean the muck and silt. Our community and friends stepped up and donated over 100 volunteer hours already and we have driven out the water and reclaimed as much as we can.

ECCM finds itself in a difficult position. ECCM is a club. It is not a business or a 501c3 non-profit, we are a group of friends who pays the 'rent' to the Long Hollow Neighborhood Association by doing community service project. Everything we have and had was from running e-waste collections, donations, and member sweat equity. We would appreciate it if you would consider supporting our rebuilding effort.

There are many ways you could support us 1. Our sister organization First City Art Center is running an campaign and have pledged to support the sister organizations by donating 25% of what it raises: 2. We have installed a Donate button on our forum pages (look on the right sidebar): 3. Contact us with extra materials. We will take donations in materials; if it is substantial please let us know know we will look into paying for the shipping. 4. And you can share this campaign. Send it out to friends and family to help us spread the word.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

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