Neighborhood Outreach Centers
The Chippewa, Western and Russells Point Neighborhood Outreach Centers are an effort to establish family-centered neighborhood-based services in areas identified as having significant demographic, child protective and criminal justice concerns. The mission of the Neighborhood Outreach Centers (NOC) is to partner with residents of the area to help them identify and organize programs that promote safe children, stable families and a strong community. The Centers became a non-profit organization in April of 2010 under the name Logan County Neighborhood Outreach Inc. The Chippewa NOC, directed by Drew Shick since it opened in July 2000, is located at the north end of Indian Lake in the Chippewa/Island View neighborhood. The Russells Point NOC, opened in Nov. of 2008, is also directed by Drew Shick and is located at the Galilee Lutheran Church on Lincoln Blvd. in Russells Point. The Western NOC, directed by Aaron Pool, is located at the corner of Sandusky and Garfield Avenues in Bellefontaine.
Both centers feature programming aimed at partnering with residents of each neighborhood in keeping children safe, strengthening families and encouraging positive community spirit. There have been many programs and activities at the Neighborhood Outreach Centers in 2012. Some of these programs include the homework help program, kids helping neighbors (leaf raking, snow shoveling, etc.), nutrition programs, mentor programs, job training, computer safety for children, outreach to the elderly population, and family activity nights. Other activities include monthly birthday parties, holiday events, parent appreciation dinners and family outings.
The summers are filled with many opportunities for the children and families to get involved at the Center, as well as helping others in their neighborhood. Some of these activities include neighborhood clean-up, summer food program, summer tutoring and reading programs, gardening, arts and crafts, learning to golf, swimming, bowling, trips to the movies and more.
An annual back to school picnic is held at each center for families in the neighborhood. Both Centers gave away hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and over 650 book bags containing school supplies. Local businesses have also been huge contributors in giving away door prizes and supplies for this event.
Western Neighborhood Outreach Center
520 Garfield Avenue, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
Monday and Wednesday: 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Chippewa Neighborhood Outreach Center
13976 Ironwood Avenue, Lakeview, Ohio 43331
During School Year: Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Summer Hours: Monday Through Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Russells Point Neighborhood Outreach Center
Galilee Lutheran Church
601 Lincoln Blvd, Russell's Point, Ohio 43331
During School Year: Monday and Wednesday: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Summer Hours: Monday through Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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