FAQ’s

1. What does “G.A.L.A.” stand for?
G.A.L.A. stands for Global Awareness Local Action.

2. Is G.A.L.A. a nonprofit organization?
Yes. G.A.L.A. is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the state of New Hampshire. The official registered name is “G.A.L.A. Community Center”. This also means that donations are tax deductible. G.A.L.A.’s EIN number is 65-1286865.

3. Is G.A.L.A. the local chapter of a global organization?
No, but that’s flattering. G.A.L.A. was founded right here in NH in 2006. We do, however, aspire to developing a “community organizing handbook” of sorts that could help facilitate the sprouting of “G.A.L.A. Groups” throughout the region. We don’t have this resource developed quite yet, but if you are interested in such a thing please let us know so that we can stay in touch and make sure you are among the first to know when we are ready to distribute such a thing.

4. What’s a “Sustain-A-Raiser”?
A Sustain-A-Raiser is G.A.L.A. ‘s flagship community program whereby teams of “Sustain-A-Raisers” organize and execute sustainable home and yard makeovers where they install gardens, compost bins, rain barrels, clotheslines, and even solar hot water systems. The program is based on the barn raising model and was inspired by some of the work of “perma-blitz”, Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI), Home Energy Efficiency Teams (HEET), and We Farm America.

5. How can I get a Sustainable Home & Yard Makeover (Sustain-A-Raiser)?
Contact G.A.L.A. today to find out if your desired project would eligible for a Sustain-A-Raiser and schedule a free site visit. Email contact@galacommunity.org or call 603-569-1500.

6.  What is a MakerSpace?
A makerspace operates much like a gym, but instead of exercise equipment there are tools, and instead of trying to get fit, people are there to learn a new skill, develop or scale up a business idea, gain credentialing for employment mobility or career transition, or to simply tinker, fix, or repair everyday household items. The future G.A.L.A. Makerspace & Incubator Hub, located at 23 Bay St, Wolfeboro, NH, will also support career pathways, job development, and a vital, regenerative local economy.

6. How can I get involved with G.A.L.A.? 
Volunteer – Many dedicated volunteers make G.A.L.A.’s programs possible. If you are interested in joining this exciting volunteer team please call the office at 603-569-1500 or email contact@galacommunity.org. You can also learn more about our specific volunteer opportunities here.

Sign up for our Newsletter – One of the best ways to stay connected with G.A.L.A. is to sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter.  You can sign up to our newsletter here.

Become a Member – Show your support and join the G.A.L.A. Community be becoming a member today!  In addition to some pretty cool member benefits, you’ll also get an exclusive G.A.L.A. members-only decal! Follow this link to learn more about membership options and benefits.

7. How can I contact someone from G.A.L.A.?
You can reach someone from G.A.L.A. by calling the office during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm) at 603-569-1500, or by emailing contact@galacommunity.org. Our physical address is 23 Bay St, Wolfeboro, NH 03894, while our mailing address is PO Box 2267, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

8. How is G.A.L.A. funded?
Like most nonprofits, G.A.L.A. is largely dependent on donations from people just like you who are willing and able to put their hard earned dollars toward sustainable community building efforts. All of our donations are tax deductible.

We also host several fun friend- and fund- raising events throughout the year, details of which are posted to our Facebook page, website calendar and monthly newsletter.  One of our most successful friend-building events is the G.A.L.A. House Party.  If you’d like more info on how to host one of these, just reach out to us.

A large portion of our funding also comes from a few private and nonprofit foundations including the NH Charitable Foundation, NH Community Development Finance Authority, Northern Borders Regional Commission,  New England Grassroots Fund, Tom’s of Maine, and the Ittleson Foundation.

Thank you, so very much, to everyone who is able to contribute – it makes all the difference.  Or CLICK HERE to donate now!

9. What is the relationship between G.A.L.A. and the Ossipee Mt. Grange Hall?
Great question! G.A.L.A.’s founding director, Josh Arnold, bought the building formerly known as the “Ossipee Mt. Grange Hall” in 2008 and is in the process of revitalizing the space as a community center for arts, education, and advocacy. The building located at #3 Pork Hill Road in Ossipee, NH, must be brought up to code before it can serve the public as a four-season local community venue. In the meantime the building is the private residence of Josh and his wife Molly who often host community events and invite people into their home to learn more about the revitalization effort.
This historic building revitalization effort, however, is entirely separate from G.A.L.A.. Where it may get a tad bit confusing is that G.A.L.A. has used a portion of the first floor of the building as its primary office space in the past, and often parks its truck in the driveway when it’s not out conducting a Sustain-A-Raiser.

10.Who is on the G.A.L.A. Board?
Read G.A.L.A. Board Member Bios here! Interested in serving on the board, or have someone in mind you think would make a good G.A.L.A. Board Member? Download our Board Member Referral form here.

11. How many staff work with G.A.L.A.?
G.A.L.A. employs one full time Executive Director, Josh Arnold, and over the years, part-time interns and support staff, and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers.

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