Carmel Golden K Kiwanis Club woodshop in need of a new home

From left, Ed Killingsworth, Rallie Murphy, Charlie Johnson, Gary Reeder, Bob Lawrence,
Kaz Kazakevich and Fred Koberna display items made at the workshop. (File photo)

By Heather Collins

The Carmel Golden K Kiwanis Club is searching for a new space for its woodshop. The club’s current location in the Janus Developmental Services building in Noblesville will soon be used as additional space to help adults with special needs.

Kiwanis Woodshop Chairman Rallie Murphy said Janus is outgrowing its space and contacted Purdue University to help redesign the space in its building.

In an average month, the shop hosts 12 to 14 woodworkers four days a week, accumulating a total of 450 volunteer hours. The volunteer woodworkers create various wooden toys, including cars, airplanes, puzzles, ring tosses, doll beds and cradles and trauma dolls. They are donated to hospitals, police departments and fire departments throughout central Indiana, including The Julian Center and Riley Hospital for Children.

The club is now seeking a 5,000-square-foot space that can be equally divided into shop space and wood storage space. It wants to find a location in Fishers or Hamilton County and needs the space as soon as possible to be operational by April 1.

In 2016, the woodworkers built and donated more than 3,000 toys for disadvantaged children in central Indiana.

Murphy said in the best-case scenario, a business or sponsor will grasp the value of what is done by the volunteers in the shop and donate the space or charge the Kiwanis Club a small monthly rent.

The wood shop would serve as a central location for club members, displaced woodworkers and new woodworkers to come together for fellowship, wood-working and toy-making.

“Our goal is not to have our wood shop disband and be splintered into several wood shops,” Murphy said.

To contact the Carmel Golden K Kiwanis Club about this issue, contact Murphy at 317-956-0734.

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