The High Prairie Community Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed “to promote the health, safety, education, development and preservation of the High Prairie neighborhood.” Originally formed in 1999 as the High Prairie Neighborhood Association, the organization obtained non-profit status in 2001.
The original organizers of the High Prairie Community Council had ambitious goals. In addition to raising money to help High Prairie Fire District 14 pay for equipment, maintenance, and other necessary expenditures, they identified three major long-term goals: provide a ready water source for the Fire District, build a community center, and build a satellite fire station on Schilling Road at the east end of High Prairie.
Over the years, they have worked with other organizations and individuals to reach the first two of those goals; and the Schilling Road Fire Hall is currently in the works.
In addition to those major goals, the High Prairie Community Council has organized community activities and programs, acted at times as a liaison between the community and the County Commissioners, and supported the community in countless small ways. Their role broadened dramatically in 2010, when they took over management of the new High Prairie Community Center.
The HPCC’s biggest event of each year is the annual High Prairie Firehouse Sale, held each spring. This is a huge community fundraiser comprised of a rummage and plant sale, food concession, silent auction, quilt raffle, games and face painting for the kids, and live music.
Over the years the sale has been very successful. Approximately half the proceeds each year go to Fire District 14, with the rest funding operation of the community center and other HPCC programs. Since its inception in 2000, the Firehouse Sale has provided the Fire District with over $50,000.
Every resident living within the boundaries of High Prairie Fire District 14 is automatically considered a member of the High Prairie Community Council. The HPCC is managed by a Board of Directors, with a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and at-large Directors. Board meetings and general membership meetings are each held once a month and are open to anyone interested. Elections are held in the spring. All terms of office are for one year, with the new term beginning July 1.
The HPCC depends entirely on volunteers, and volunteers are encouraged to step in and help in whatever capacity they can. A lot has been accomplished through the skills and enthusiasm of a great many people. Special appreciation goes to the officers and board members over the years, whose extra efforts and dedication have both given the organization direction and provided much of the hard work that got it where it was going.