CRESTON-For decades, Riverview Community Center has played a crucial role in serving the needs of Creston residents.
Whether it is through offering a needed hand-up to those who have fallen on hard times, educational advancement through its GED program, or just a place to socialize with neighbors, the community center has become a mainstay for people in the northwest section of the county.
According to the center’s chairwoman, Carol Pennington, it is run by volunteers who contribute countless hours of service and is funded by largely donations and grants.
On average, the center impacts approximately 5,392 citizens monthly through a litany of programs including home delivered meals, fish fries, the Backpack Summer School program and its food pantry that serves a growing number of hungry residents.
Creston, for instance,was recently designated as a “Pocket of Poverty,” by Feed America.
“The facility is located 12 miles from the nearest town, West Jefferson, and offers many activities for the people who come there to socialize, eat, shop and be entertained,” said Pennington. “For many of these people, it is their only life away from home.”
After decades of service to the county, the center is now asking for a little help from county commissioners in order to fund necessary repairs.
Pennington will make her pitch to county commissioners this week for funds to help replace the roof on the section of the center that houses Ashe Outreach Ministries.
The center has already received a grant of $15,000 from the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Foundation. Other fundraising initiatives by the center have also helped to chip away at the remaining deficit, but the center is still more than $9,300 short of its goal. Pennington said it’ll take roughly $32,000 to pay for the needed roof replacement.
“Total replacement of the roof in question will eliminate the costly chronic leaks in the building that require constant patching,” Pennington wrote in a letter to the commissioners. “By fixing this leak, it will prevent a mold issue which causes allergic and respiratory problems and other issues.”
During the past 13 years, community center officials have spent more than $50,000 to repair and place roofs, said Pennington.
See Friday’s edition of the Post to see if commissioners obliged the center’s request for funds.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.