POMEROY — Mulberry Community Center, home of the Meigs Cooperative Parish, received a remodel by its volunteers in August. The busy center is home to a food pantry, community kitchen, parish shop and teen center.
Other activities throughout the year such as health fairs, school supply assistance and pancake suppers keep the volunteers at the center quite busy. The organization is continually assessing the needs of the community and seeking ways to provide resources to meet those needs.
The parish, a nonprofit organization, is made up of 23 churches throughout Meigs County, who came together with a mission of “Growing, Sharing and Uniting God’s People.”
The center, located in the former Pomeroy Grade School, was purchased in 2003 for $1. Renovations were necessary and funds came from donations and a loan. Today, the parish is proud of the facility, which has provided them with a space for numerous types of ministries.
Monthly payments are being made on the balance of the loan and a campaign was initiated in 2010 to reduce the principal. Many individuals came forward to contribute $5 per month to assist with the endeavor.
Now a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has challenged the churches of the parish to pay off the $59,556.71 loan balance. If the parish raises $30,000 by Nov.1, the donor will match the amount. Although the loan’s maturity date is April, 2019, the parish feels this is an opportunity to pay off the loan early.
With the loan extinguished, the parish will be able to apply more resources to needs within the community and operating expenses of the center.
According to board member Robert Beegle, parish officials realize this is not a good time for fundraising. Many are already involved in school and community-related fund raising activities.
“But with the opportunity to double your money, it is a hard challenge to turn down,” Beegle said when discussing the donor challenge.
He and other Parish members are hoping that individuals and organizations within the community who appreciate the services the Center provides and will join the fund raising efforts.
For more information on the Mulberry Community Center, visit their Facebook page at Meigs Cooperative Parish or e-mail the Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551