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Renovations completed at CJCOHN food barn

March 12, 2012

Churches Joint Council on Human Needs volunteers express appreciation for the community help the agency received to renovate its food storage facility on Elm Street. From left are Pam Ray, Linda Gilbert and Joe L. Jones. Photo by Lynda Hollenbeck.

Churches Joint Council on Human Needs volunteers focus year-round on helping alleviate hunger in the local area.
As part of the agency's mission, area groups and individuals conduct food drives and fundraising projects throughout the year to help meet this ever-growing need, volunteers say.
There are times, however, when the charitable agencies themselves have needs and this was the case recently with CJCOHN.
The agency's food storage facility was in serious need of renovation and several groups and individuals provided the funding needed to solve this problem, volunteers said.
Several fundraisers were held to renovate the agency's food storage facility on Elm Street.
The renovations cost about $18,000, but the work has now been completed and volunteers say they are "extremely proud" of the facility.
Pam Ray, a longtime volunteer, expressed appreciation to everyone who helped with this particular endeavor.
"The upper story of the building was falling in and we desperately needed help in repairing it," she said. "We're so proud of it."
Linda Gilbert and Marcia Snyder are serving as co-chairs of the agency this year.
The two are members of First Presbyterian Church, the chair church, Gilbert said.
"We thank everyone who helped on the building project," she said.
She especially thanked Congo Masonic Lodge, which assisted with the project, and Salem United Methodist Church, where a recent pancake breakfast was held to benefit the effort.
As part of the fundraiser, donations were taken on a hand-pieced quilt that was awarded to the person with the winning ticket.
The 74-by-94-inch coverlet could be used on a full or queen-size bed, Gilbert noted.
Donation tickets were sold for $1 each or six for $5,
CJCOHN is comprised of a coalition of members churches that provide donations and volunteers to staff ifs facilities on Elm Street. In addition to the food facility, a clothing room is located at the site.
The agency works year-round in the local area to meet the needs of area residents.
CJCOHN is funded by member churches, private donations, United Way and occasional corporate and government gifts.

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