Community resource services in Avon / Avon Lake bounce back from pandemic
AVON, Ohio – Think about all the stories we’ve heard over the past year about struggling nonprofits during the pandemic. The stories were so sad, because sometimes organizations are the last stop for the really needy.
But as the pandemic eases, good news seems to be coming from all directions. One outstanding source of good news is Community Resource Services (CRS), which provides all kinds of services to residents of Avon and Avon Lake.
Recently, CRS celebrated great success in two of its projects: Hooks for Hunger and Learning Lunchbox Kits.
The organization expressed its deep gratitude to the many people who made the Hooks for Hunger Walleye 2021 tournament a huge success. This year’s event raised over $ 32,000, bringing the total since 2013 to nearly $ 178,000.
The funds will support CRS ‘mission to “reduce the effects of poverty on our neighbors in Avon and Avon Lake,” the organization notes.
CRS extended special thanks to the Hooks for Hunger volunteer committee which included Ed Moran, Brian Belmont, Scott Bruegger, Moses Yonkers, Tyler Randall, Tony Tomanek, Joe Reitz, Jim DePaul, Craig Lewis and Sean Boutin for “the hundreds of hours of hard work to make sure Hooks for Hunger is a success.
The 2021 John T. Shook Award was presented to committee members for their commitment to community service.
During the tournament, prizes were presented for the biggest walleye, the biggest sheep’s head and the biggest for five walleyes, as well as raffle prizes and door prizes at the barbecue-return.
The other recent success is the result of the organization’s partnership with three organizations: the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the Ohio Library Council and the Avon Lake Public Library, for the distribution of “Learning Lunchbox Kits”.
The boxes feature five activities that reflect Ohio learning standards and promote science, technology, engineering, arts, math, culture, history and more. The boxes have specific themes, such as space – a theme created in partnership with NASA.
The Ohio Board of Libraries and COSI to distribute literally thousands of COSI Learning Lunchbox Kits to every library district in Ohio as part of the Ohio Distance Learning Initiative .
It seems the old adage is coming true, at least for CRS and everyone who helps the organization: when you make a comeback, go big or go home.
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