|East Brother Lighthouse Featured on Richmond Confidential
August 15, 2010
Below is a piece on Richmond’s East Brother Lighthouse featured on today’s edition of Richmond Confidential. For film and video clips from the story, see http://richmondconfidential.org/2010/08/13/innkeeping-at-the-east-brother-lighthouse/.
Following the article is some information about the operation and maintenance of East Brother and how you can help.
Innkeeping at the East Brother Lighthouse
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East Brother Light Station, Inc, is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Since 1979, under a 40-year license from the U.S. Coast Guard, East Brother Light Station, Inc. has taken full responsibility for stewardship of the lighthouse and fog signal complex on East Brother Island, which is Richmond’s oldest extant cultural resource. This responsibility has included:
The funds for routine maintenance are generated by the operation of the bed and breakfast inn, and all of the maintenance work is done by a group of highly motivated volunteers. However, the 136-year-old facilities, which are severely exposed to the elements, require periodic major repairs and capital improvements.
Mission Statement and Goals
The 1979 Articles of Incorporation of East Brother Light Station, Inc, state:
The specific and primary purposes are to engage in activities of a historical and educational nature concerning the history and culture and physical features of the Greater Point Richmond - West Contra Costa County geographical area.
The 1979 License agreement between the U.S. Coast Guard and East Brother Light Station, Inc., states:
The licensed premises are to be used only as a facility for historical, educational and environmental programs and projects…The licensee agrees to preserve the existing exterior architectural and structural integrity of all structures located on this historic licensed property.
Since 1979, East Brother Light Station, Inc. has restored, maintained and operated for public use the historic lighthouse and fog signal facility on East Brother Island. The mission of East Brother Light Station, Inc. is:
Maintain the historic structures and cultural resources on East Brother Island in perpetuity, maximize public visitation and provide historical and educational information to the public.
When the U.S. Coast Guard began entering into agreements with organizations to maintain lighthouses in the 1970s, the first were limited to public agencies. East Brother was the first facility to be licensed to a non-profit corporation, and it was so successful that it became the prototype for hundreds of such agreements throughout the United States.
East Brother Light Station, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation governed by a hands-on board of directors residing in three Bay Area counties, summarized as follows:
All of the board members and volunteers serve without pay. The only employees are the innkeepers.
Evidence of Community Support
East Brother Light Station is one of the best-known landmarks in the City of Richmond. It is a member of and supported by the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau., The organization’s web site is http://www.ebls.org.
East Brother has been the subject of thousands of media articles and videos over the past 30 years. Google “East Brother,” and hundreds will be listed.
How You Can Help
East Brother requires constant maintenance, most of which is done by volunteers. See http://ebls.org/?page_id=69 to sign up for volunteer opportunities. We schedule one volunteer Saturday or Sunday each month.
This summer, our big push has been painting and waterproofing. Local vendors of construction materials have been very helpful. Kelly Moore donated all the paint materials, and Acapulco Rock and Soil provided free and discounted materials for a modification of the wastewater treatment system that was designed and will be installed by Questa Engineering. Veolia has provided laboratory services and reports for the NPDS discharge permit for the island’s unique intermittent sand filter treatment system.
Richmond’s John Vincent Quality Painting is directing the painting effort which is supplemented with volunteers and Richmond YouthBUILD students and Richmond Youth Corp participants (for information on YouthBUILD and Richmond Youth Corp, contact Jay Leonhardy, Program Coordinator, YouthWORKS Division, Department of Employment & Training, City of Richmond, CA, 510.307.8019 , firstname.lastname@example.org. Sean Bishop, “The Window man’” has been tuning up and weatherstripping the lighthouse’s wood windows with assistance from and materials donated by Wooden Window, Inc. Many other individuals and businesses continue to contribute to keeping this wonderful Richmond landmark alive and open to the public.
Our next big project is a new copper roof deck for the Lantern Gallery. It will cost $26,000, and we would like to have it in place before November of 2010. If you would like to contribute to the Lantern gallery fund or know some person, business or institution who would, please contact me.
We are always looking for new good working board members and for volunteers with skills that include boat operation and maintenance, construction and building maintenance skills and grant writing. For information, contact me at email@example.com.
Below, Volunteers relax for lunch at East Brother yesterday after painting the water tank.