In October of 2019 there was an electrical fire which caused the Post to close for approximately two months. Scheduled hall rentals and events were canceled, and there was no way of generating revenue until the Post reopened in December of 2019. Post 82 was able to navigate the insurance claim process to make the necessary repairs, but was never adequately compensated for losses sustained during the time the Post was closed.
The revenue stopped but the bills didn’t, causing some deficits. After reopening in December of 2019, the Post was open for less than three months when it had to close again in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Post remained closed for six months and wasn’t able to reopen until September of 2020.
Once again, the revenue stopped but the bills didn’t. This time, after being closed for approximately eight months all together, the Post is struggling financially just to pay overhead and meet operating expenses. It is important to note that the Post can only operate at 25 percent capacity in accordance with the Health and Safety Standards for Indoor Dining Pursuant to Executive Order No. 183 in the State of New Jersey. Therefore, Post 82 is launching a fundraising campaign to manage debt, cover operating expenses, and offset reduced revenue streams until the Post is able to be fully operational again.