Center of Hope in Ravenna receives $10,000 donation during annual hunger challenge

The Center of Hope in Ravenna received a $10,000 donation from First Congregational Church of Ravenna during the annual Hunger Challenge held in April.

The church, which has also made a total of $20,000 in donations to the King Kennedy Community Center over the past few years for its Dream Is Still Alive campaign, was able to do so thanks to a gift it received from the HR Loomis Trust.

The First Congregational Church of Ravenna is small and mission-minded, according to one of its long-time members, Cheryl Edwards. And with the funds it received, its goal was to give it back to the community and help organizations serving those in need.

The donation had impeccable timing for the center, which was in a friendly competition with its sister program, Kent Social Services, to raise funds and food donations for families in need throughout Portage County. Thanks to the $10,000 donation, and many others, the Center of Hope won the challenge for 2022.

To make a donation to the Center of Hope, visit or mail a check to 705 Oakwood Street, Suite 221, Ravenna, OH 44266, with “Center of Hope” in the memo line. Learn more at

The Center of Hope is a program of Family & Community Services, Inc.

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