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Outreach center opens to community

Friday, May 30, 2003

The Sonshine Community Outreach Center located at 202 N. Washington St. will be cutting its ribbon and opening its doors on June 28th at 10 am and will be providing activities such as games, open gym, crafts, horseshoe tournaments, karaoke, and BBQ.

The center's mission statement is to build a program schedule to meet the needs of all members in the community as well as those in surrounding areas. The program will include a broad spectrum of classes, activities, seminars, and entertainment events that will meet physical, social, emotional, cognitive and cultural needs of those who choose to attend and their doors are open to everyone.

The program offers a variety of free activities and clubs for people of all ages taught by volunteers. Examples of these activities include Mad Scientists, a class that allows children to perform experiments and find out how and why things work and Acorns and Oak Trees, an intergenerational program that allows senior citizens to adopt a child from the age of 3 to 12 to meet at the center twice a week and participate in activities.

The main focus of the center is to prevent child abuse and neglect in Clay County. To reach that goal the center also offers classes on independent living, parenting and self-esteem.

The center is still in need of volunteers, cash donations, item donations such as clothing, food, baby items, and supplies for classes. The center is also searching for people interested in serving on the child abuse prevention council, vender space for donation, advertising space for the Rockville Festival, and they are always willing to accept community input.

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