The shed isn’t the first thing visitors to The Depot Coffee House notice, but it’s not easy to overlook for those who work and volunteer there. Siding in the back is warping. Shingles needed to be replaced. And the doors are difficult to open when snow drifts up against them.
Hopkins High School senior Reid Madden is changing that this weekend. As part of his Eagle Scout project, he, other scouts in his troop, parent volunteers and Depot board members are improving the shed’s exterior and installing a roll-up door.
“It was a need that The Depot had, and it had to get filled up,” said Madden, who’s also vice chairman on The Depot’s board.
Madden identified the service project back in February. Pulling everything together has been a community effort. The Rotary Club of Minnetonka donated $1,000 for supplies. Madden’s Boy Scout Troop, Troop 346, donated $50 to match another $50 that was donated. Scherer Bros. sold the troop the materials at a deep discount. Pizza Lucé provided food for the 20 or so volunteers expected to help.
“It’s a much more cooperative effort than I expected,” Madden said. “It’s definitely been a bit of an experience to work on this, just learning skills you didn’t think you needed.”
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