New Marion Center to coordinate volunteer community service

The inauguration ceremony is September 13

People walk on the sidewalk of Seventh Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood of Marion in Marion. The new Marion Ministry and Outreach Center is slated to open in the Uptown Marion redevelopment area with a groundbreaking ceremony on September 13. (file photo / The Gazette)

MARION – A new headquarters to connect nonprofit agencies with local clients and connect volunteers with opportunities to serve the Marion community will open on September 13.

A press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Marion Ministry and Outreach Center will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 13, at the center, located at 640 14th St., in the heart of the Uptown Marion redevelopment area of ​​the city.

Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly and other community leaders will attend. The Marion Ministry and Outreach Center was developed by members of the King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.

The year 2020 has revealed the need to come together in many communities, including Marion, according to Marion Ministry and Outreach director Rich Balvanz.

“We hope this center will provide the residents of Marion with opportunities to rebuild a spirit of community that has waned in recent times, especially during Covid,” Balvanz said.

The center will house a database of community service opportunities and promote them through online media. With a variety of service projects, community members can choose the ones that best match their talents and abilities.

Marion’s ministry and outreach center will also bring new services to Marion that do not currently exist locally.

The center will provide operating space for nonprofit groups such as the Marion Cares after-school program, His Hands free medical clinic and Celebrate Recovery, a Christian addiction recovery program.

Norma P. Rex

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