I had the pleasure today of sitting down at Relax, It’s Just Coffee with Tara Carney and Rachel Pugh – the Founder and co-founder of Richland Outreach Center; a non-profit Christian based organization focused on helping youth in Richland County. I was dropping off my Re/Max First Realty donation for their Adopt a Child Event and I realized I wanted to know more about the Richland Outreach Center and how they are helping our community. Here is what I learned and how you can get involved with this fantastic new charity in our community.
Richland Outreach Center officially became a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization this year but was established about 5 years ago by Tara Carney as a way to help the youth of the community. Their mission is to plant the seed with the word of God to the youth in the community by providing the right essential tools in their everyday lives to help them be successful and accomplish their goals and dreams.
The Richland Outreach Center has a wide variety of services including: a Food Pantry, Hygiene Products, Youth Clothes Closet, Business Attire, Hot Meals, Youth Activities (Summer & Winter Programs, Workshops) and as well as Resource Referrals to other organizations.
The group also holds a variety of local events such as the upcoming Cookies with Santa on December 17th at 1pm. This free event is open to the community. There will be crafts, games, a hot meal for the kids, music by Fire & Ice from Lexington High School, cookies & cocoa! And of course, Santa will be there! Pre-registration is needed for more details or to pre-register visit https://www.facebook.com/richlandoutreachcenter .
Tara also shared with me the vision the organization has to expand their services and presence in the community. The group is currently operating out of Tara’s home and while they feel thankful for that space, they are literally bursting at the seams. “My sunroom is stacked floor to ceiling with goods and supplies for the community and is overflowing into my dining room and beyond! We have explored options through the Land Bank for more space and are also very hopeful that one of the owners of vacant property near downtown Mansfield would contact us about donating space. It is 100% tax deductible. Our preferred location would be 2,500 square feet+ around inner city Mansfield, but we would also consider buildings anywhere in Richland County if there was a donor.”
The space is needed to better reach the youth of the community, especially during those critical after school hours. “So many kids in the community don’t have food at home. Just the lunch at school is the only meal they have.” Shared Rachel Pugh. “We hope to be able to serve after school hot meals as well as provide a positive space for activities, homework, ping pong, you name it. “
Property owners who are interested in learning more about the benefits of donating to this non-profit organization are encouraged to reach out to the Richland Outreach Center at (419) 520-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Other members of the board include Wanda Boyce, Tiffany Sevits and Joyce Rinehart. Individuals who would like to donate their time are also encouraged to connect with the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/richlandoutreachcenter/
This article was written by Stephanie Webb a Realtor in the Mansfield, Ohio area with Re/Max First Realty. For more Richland County real estate updates be sure to LIKE her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MansfieldOhioRealEstate