What is the Waverly Area Veterans Post (WAVP)?
The Waverly Area Veterans Post (WAVP) was incorporated on June 11, 2009 in Waverly, Iowa. It brings together, under one roof, the four greater Waverly Area Veterans organizations: American Legion Post #176; AMVETS Post #79; Marine Corps League Detachment #1241; and, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2208.
What is WAVP's Mission?
The WAVP Mission Statement is: "To create a Veterans Center for those who served"
What is WAVP's Vision?
The WAVP Vision Statement is: "Where Patriots Gather"
Who do we serve?

We are committed to serving the needs of all Veterans, active and inactive, and their families through programs and events that will provide assistance in securing Veterans benefits, seeking employment, connecting with their families when away from home, and hosting events where they can gather and socialize.

We work with kindred organizations to help Veterans with homeless situations, mental health issues, difficulties getting jobs, and suicide prevention.

Helping returning Veterans through difficult life situations is one of the most important things we can do to get Veterans back on their feet when they return home.

We offer the Veterans Center as the place "Where Patriots Gather" to serve today's Veterans and their families.

How many Veterans are in Bremer County?
There are more than 1700 Veteran families in Bremer County.
Why do we need a new building?
The floods of 2008 destroyed the AMVETS building and did serious damage to the American Legion Hall. Although the VFW building was out of harm's way and sustained no flood damage, the building had outlived its useful lifetime. The most logical solution was to pool the assets and build a single facility to be used by all four organizations.
How did the WAVP choose the building location?

Seven sites and/or existing facilities were considered and thoroughly investigated. Cost played a large part in the decision-making process, whether for new construction, renovation, remodeling, utility access, etc.

The plan to construct a 17,300 sq.ft. building was determined by assessing the combined needs of the four veteran organizations. INVISION Architects was selected to work with WAVP to design the project.

How will the new facility be managed?

The WAVP Board of Directors is composed of twelve members (three members are appointed from each of the four member Posts).

The Board has employed a General Manager, who is responsible to the Board of Directors for the general direction and control of the facility usage, programs and activities within the Veterans Center.

The WAVP Board has created three additional committees: Food and Beverage Committee; Building and Grounds Committee; and, Program and Activities Committee. These committees are currently at various stages of development and on-target to be fully functional.

What are the construction cost estimates?

The total cost of the project (including land acquisition, site preparation, construction, furnishings, landscaping, architect fees and contingency costs) is estimated to be $3,950,000. This estimate was adjusted at the August meeting of the Board of Directors. Our intention remains to raise the necessary funds and have the building debt free.

When will be building be dedicated?

Groundbreaking took place April 22, 2015.

The Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony will be Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

Is my gift to WAVP tax-deductible?

Yes. The WAVP is tax exempt under section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For donors required to contribute through a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, the WAVP has established an account with the Waverly Community Fund and the Bremer County Community Foundation. Both are affiliates with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

Is the WAVP seeking in-kind contributions from various vendors?
Yes. Local contractors, builders and vendors have been responsive and generous.
What are the projected operating costs?

Five-year operating projections were developed, relying in part on the fiscal experience and operating ratios at the former AMVETS and VFW facilities which was well-documented by a team of WAVP Board members with strong management experience.

Projected revenue for year one will come from Patriots Hall rentals, food and beverage sales, and investment income. The revenue projection for year one is $371,600.

Projected expenses for year one include employee wages and benefits, contract services, supplies, utilities, repair and replacement, and taxes. Expenses are estimated to be $323,670.

Are there recognition opportunities?

Yes. The WAVP has established several recognition opportunities:
 
• $ 1,000,000  The Entire Building
• $    500,000  Patriots Hall
$    250,000  Dining Room / Lounge / Bar & Game room ✳
• $    250,000  Kitchen
$    150,000  Resource Center ✳
$    100,000  Board Room ✳
• $    100,000  Catering Kitchen
• $    100,000  Deck
$    100,000  Elevator ✳
• $     75,000  HQ (Office shared by Posts)
• $     50,000  Armory
$     50,000  Chapel ✳
• $     50,000  General Manager's Office

reserved commitments

How can I help?

Become a contributor. Make a gift, great or small. Every gifts counts. To date we have more than 860 donors. 72% of their gifts are between $1.00 and $999.99. Veterans and their families have contributed 63% of the dollars raised. That's grass roots at its very best!

Become a volunteer. The committee structure outlined above needs willing hands.

Many families and individuals have made special gifts to memorialize those who have passed away or to honor a living loved one. To date, more than 200 persons have been recognized in this way.

We are so very proud of the number of supportive and generous donors whose names appear on our "Wall of Honor". The "Wall" currently appears on our website and will be permanently displayed on the walls of the new facility. To date, more than 860 individuals, families and businesses have contributed to our capital campaign.

Please give generously to the Waverly Area Veterans Post capital campaign to support our veterans!