Ely nonprofits moving to AFU

MORE THAN A DOZEN Ely high school footballl players helped three local nonprofit groups move their materials, furniture and more into the newly-renovated AFU building on Sunday.

Three Ely area non-profit groups have a new home, and their move last weekend got a big boost from Ely’s high school footbal team.
Ely Community Resource, Ely Community Health Center and Range Mental Health Center will soon all be housed in the newly-renovated American Frateral Union building on Fourth Avenue East, adjacent to Ely’s school campus.
Sunday, the Timberwolves’ football team accepted the invitation to provide service to local non-profits, bringing mostly dry weather with them.
They showed up in full force to move furniture and equipment to the building where all three groups will office in the near future.
Nick Mattila brought a giant covered trailer and Leslie Thibodeaux, Program Director at Northern Tier High Adventure Base of the Boy Scouts, brought an open trailer.
In three loads, the group had moved seven desks, six filing cabinets, a full-size conference table, more than 35 chairs, a full-sized refrigerator, two work tables, three book shelves, medical equipment, countless boxes of paper records, books, and program supplies--and a pair of magnificently heavy exam tables.
“Not a complaint was heard, patience was abundant,” said Julie Hignell, executive director at ECR. “The eager and respectful attitude and careful teamwork the young men showed in two hours on a Sunday afternoon was really a glimpse into bright future potential.”