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Thank you for visiting this page to consider a donation to the Westerly Armory. Donations are always appreciated and well used. Helping the Armory also helps the Westerly Band; their home is at the Armory. All monetary contributions are tax-deductible. You can use MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, American Express, Discover, or your bank card if you click the donate (buy/donate) button below:

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Operations: Annual operating cost at the Armory – to keep it open and generally well maintained amounts to $75,000.  The Town of Westerly owns the Armory building. Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc. has a 100-year lease from the Town and is responsible for every bill.  Only property taxes and fire insurance are covered by the Town.  Every year, the Armory representatives request a stipend from the Town.  For about 10 years, the annual stipend has been $25,000. Therefore, much money has to be raised by Westerly Armory Restoration to keep the Armory open (heat, lights, water, rest room and kitchen supplies, general maintenance and repairs, liability and board insurance, office supplies, chimney cleaning, carpet cleaning, telephone and internet services, furnace inspection, fire-alarm inspection, sprinkler inspection, and more.

Renovation:  Renovation costs go into restoring doors, rooms, windows, ceilings, roof, gutters, stairways, electrical, HVAC, floors, and more. A capital campaign is now going on to raise $1.5 million to renovate the lower level for expansion of the museum, more room for the Westerly Band, a community room, a museum workshop, and more. The project is divided into 3 phases, the first is HVAC for the entire Armory building at an estimated cost of $500,000,  Pledges can be made (up to 3 years) and pledge cards are available at the Armory or by mail or email.

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The Lower Level of the Westerly Armory

Membership

Membership is one leg of support to keep the Westerly Armory open and alive. Operations is key. By becoming a member, you receive a tax-deduction from your dues and the Armory newsletter — and you are invited to the popular Member Appreciation Evening held in the spring.  Membership runs from Memorial Day to Memorial Day but you can join at any time during the year.

Why join?  Your membership keeps the Armory open for:

1. The Westerly Band, America’s oldest active civic band. Their home is at the Armory as is their music library some of which predates the Civil War. 2. The Westerly Armory Museum which displays both community memorabilia and local military artifacts and mementos. 3. The Armory’s Library of over 2,000 volumes. The Library carries three areas of books: Rhode Island, local area, and military. 4. Local organizations who can rent and use the Armory’s drill hall for their fundraising and special events; the Armory is the largest space of its kind in the area

. . . . And your becoming a member should give you that pleasant feeling which comes from knowing you support the community’s history and a building which represents American freedom and the sacrifices made for us.

Join for the 2016-2017 Membership Year

Membership application/renewal forms are available at the Armory or by clicking: Membership application short form 2014-15.  The Armory’s mailing address is:  Westerly Armory, PO Box 614, Westerly, RI 02891.  For more information, call the Armory at 401-596-8554 or email westerlyarmory@aol.com.

Join online by clicking on the membership level you desire:

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $25 ANNUALLY
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DUO MEMBERSHIP $40 ANNUALLY
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TRIO MEMBERSHIP $50 ANNUALLY
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FAMILY MEMBERSHIP (4) $60 ANNUALLY
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BUSINESS FRIEND $125 ANNUALLY
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ARMORY PARTNER $250 ANNUALLY
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CORPORATE FRIEND $500 ANNUALLY
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ARMORY HERO $1,000 ANNUALLY
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                                  LIFETIME MEMBER $10,000 OR MORE, ONE TIME ONLY
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