#RichlandGives Spotlight: Lucas Community Center - Richland County Foundation

#RichlandGives Spotlight: Lucas Community Center

October 30, 2017

The Lucas Community Center's (LCC) mission is to provide an uplifting environment that brings hope and joy while improving the quality of life for residents of the Lucas community.

We are just beginning our journey as a Christian based nonprofit organization. The LCC is home to the LAMA Food Pantry which is run by our local churches and was previously located at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Our gathering room is a spot for everyone to enjoy fellowship with friends and family or business associates. Guests are permitted to bring their own food or purchase from the local Open Door Cafe. Hanley Hall will seat about 120 people for banquets, reunions, wedding receptions, sporting event parties, lectures, and presentations. It is equipped with state-of-the-art video projectors with surround sound and a large-screen TV as well as a small kitchen. We also have outside decks, two sand volleyball courts and a newly completed pavilion and a grassy picnic area. We have just finished furnishing a counseling room and are finalizing the plans for its use. Our meeting room is used by various committees on a regular basis and we are home to our local Lion's Club. The House of Prayer is a small non-denominational chapel in a separate building which is always open to provide a space for individual or communal meditation and prayer. A regular service is held once a month on the first Thursday at 7 p.m. and is a welcome spot for everyone. The computer lab will be available soon. Hanley Hall, the meeting room, counseling room, deck and volleyball courts may be rented for a reasonable cost. The rentals help offset the facility expenses.

During the last year, we provided an after-school tutoring through a grant from the Richland County Foundation Connections Fund and the Lucas School System. This past summer the YMCA conducted games and activities to two age groups two days a week for eight weeks. Free pizza was served to local students after each home football game. 

We hope to fill the various needs of the local community including food, coats, counseling, youth programs, and elder assistance. We would like to provide opportunities to educate the community on a wide variety of topics including personal finance, computers, technology, health, fitness, and domestic relations. We have hopes that our activities encourage and develop community spirit and the LCC will become a home of hope, joy, and peace, experienced through the act of selfless giving and the love for others.

For more information please contact Kelli Sweat or Margaret Martin at 567-483-0001 or visits the website at www.lucascommunitycenter.com


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