Fundraiser marks 10 years of helping

Tribune Chronicle

GREENFORD – A 10-year appreciation fundraiser for the Big Reach Center of Hope will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Road.

The event will feature comedian Michael Jr.

The Big Reach Center of Hope, which is a ministry of the church, was founded in 2004 by Scott Lewis. All proceeds from the benefit will help the Big Reach Center of Hope’s outreach efforts.

For information or tickets, call 330-533-3278.

Lewis, executive director, said the center is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to low-income and underserved individuals and families to help them move toward self sufficiency through education and training.

In 2013, the center started Fit Kidz Blast, a school assembly program geared toward elementary students who learn about healthy living, nutrition and chronic hunger.

Lewis said throughout the year the center offers classes through the Life Enrichment Education Program to educate families and teach them a new skill to help them in their everyday lives.

Topics range from couponing to recovering from divorce to parenting to health care to finance.

Lewis said each week the center rescues more than 1,5000 pounds of food from local restaurants, bakeries and hospitals which it gives to needy families.

He said in the center’s first year, 1,400 people were provided resources and help. Today, the center reaches more than 50,000 children and adults from across the region providing food, gently worn clothing, household items, educational classes and special programs for families and individuals.

Lewis said the center’s volunteers and staff are busy providing clothing and toys at Christmas and baskets with toys and candy for children at Easter.

“We are working to give hope to these families,” Lewis said.