On Saturday, September 25, Clintonville -Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) and North Broadway United Methodist Church celebrated the CRC’s golden anniversary with their Octoberfest Fundraiser in the parking lot of the church. The event included food trucks, live music, games for children and contests for adults.
The Clintonville Community Resource Center was founded in 1971 by several North Broadway members to respond to the needs they saw. Social challenges such as hunger, domestic violence, substance abuse, and unemployment were prevalent under the surface of the middle-class image Clintonville carried. Equipped with $20,000 and a desire to improve the quality of life for all in Clintonville, CRC Settlement House was born.
Today, CRC has grown to almost fifty employees and many volunteers and partnerships with churches and other non-profits.
The Oktoberfest Fundraiser was well attended by community and church members. Others in attendance include CRC’s first Executive Director, Bob Erickson; past Executive Director, Pam McCarthy; Ohio State Representative, David Leland; and North Broadway Senior Pastor, Rev. Marcus Atha.
CRC has much to celebrate. The organization continues to be innovative in creating solutions to the various needs in their zip code and beyond. Over $3 million in resources have been invested in the community through CRC programs such as Kinship Care, Senior Personal Finance Management, a choice food pantry, and Midgarden Community Garden, just to name a few.
CRC’s care for a thriving community is felt in Clintonville and throughout the city of Columbus.