The Logan County Concerned Citizens finally have the space they so desperately need, thanks to the generosity of Michael Cornelius.
“We have been praying for some time now for extra space,” said Dorris Vick, director of Concerned Citizens. The non-profit organization will not be moving from its current residence in the KP Hall on East 5th Street, however, they will now be occupying the house within walking distance of their address, which will provide them with additional space for storage.
“We have been asking around for quite awhile now for more room. We went to the city of Russellville and the Logan County Fiscal Court, but it didn’t seem like we were going to be able to get any help. I cannot thank Mr. Cornelius enough for his kind heart and allowing us to use this property,” said Vick.
The Concerned Citizens moved into the KP Hall in 1996, but since they have grown, space has become an issue. Concerned Citizens provides citizens of the county with clothing, food and a tutoring program for disadvantaged youth. The organization helps 520 people a month through their food pantry alone.
Vick said she knew the house was up for sale and thought she would take a chance and go talk with Mr. Cornelius about the possibility of Concerned Citizens using the property.
“I told him what our organization does and what are plans were for the future,” said Vick. “I told him we had been desperately looking for space to use as storage and possibly classrooms in the future. He was more than willing to allow us to use the house for a year with an option to buy. We told him we would work on cleaning it up as our part of the deal.”
Vick said Concerned Citizens will do for this property like they do for the KP Hall. They will work on repairs as donations come in and volunteers appear to help.
Some on the Concerned Citizens board have mentioned fixing the house and moving the tutoring program there. Nothing has been decided at this point on that idea, said Vick. The tutoring program currently serves 25 children.
“We need a place expand,” said Vick. “And thanks to those who support the efforts of the Concerned Citizens, it looks as if we will be able to do that now.”
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