Outreach centers spotlighted

Upgrades and summer time programs for the local community outreach centers were discussed Thursday during a regular meeting of the board of directors for Logan County Children’s Services.

Agency director Melanie Engle told the board the agency has been been granted a $3,000 New Venture Grant from Logan County United Way to pay for meals for children enrolled in the summer lunch program.

The agency had previously worked with Tri-County Community Action through the state of Ohio to pay for meals for the program.

Next year, the outreach centers may be able to work directly with the state to secure funds to pay for summer-time lunches, but Mrs. Engle said this grant fills an immediate need.

Additionally, Russells Point-area restaurants including McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Cassano’s, Dairy Queen, Jac and Do’s Pizza, and Taco Bell are teaming up to donate lunches for children involved with the neighborhood cleanup program the Russells Point outreach center located at Galilee Lutheran Church, 301 Lincoln Blvd.

Also, and now for a second time, county outreach centers are the beneficiaries of upgrades from the Lowe’s Hero program.

Associates with the home improvement store volunteered their time, and Lowe’s donated materials to replace flooring in two rooms, install new gutters and down spouts and six new light fixtures at the Chippewa Neighborhood Outreach Center. Upgrades were also done to garden, including bags of mulch and soil and installation of rain barrels.

Western Outreach Center was a previous recipient of a similar donation from Lowe’s.

Get more news from Logan County Children's Services board meeting in Friday's Examiner.