Donor makes matching offer to Meigs Co. Parish

By Lorna Hart -

Robert Beegle, Meigs Cooperative Parish chairman-elect, tracking contribution status.

POMEROY — An anonymous donor has challenged the churches of the Meigs County Cooperative Parish (MCCO) to pay off the $59,556.71 loan balance by offering to match half of the amount owing if the parish raises $30,000 by Nov.1. Although the loan’s maturity date is April, 2019, the parish feels this is an opportunity to pay off the loan early.

The nonprofit organization, is made up of 23 churches throughout Meigs County, who came together with a mission of “Growing, Sharing and Uniting God’s People.”

Located in the former Pomeroy Grade School, the building was purchased in 2003 for $1. Renovations were necessary and funds came from donations and a loan that requires monthly payments. A campaign was initiated in 2010 to reduce the principal and many individuals came forward to contribute $5 per month to assist with the endeavor.

The facility provides a space for numerous ministries including Mulberry Community Kitchen, Thrift Store and Food Pantry. The parish has many projects it sponsors. In August, the parish was used for the pick up of book bags filled with school supplies for qualifying students.

The MCCO’s efforts contribute much to the community, and with the loan extinguished, they look forward to having additional funds to provide even more resources to needs within the community and operating expenses of the center.

According to board member and 2016 chair-elect of the council Robert Beegle, parish officials realize many in the community are already involved in fund raising activities.

“But with the opportunity to double your money, it is a hard challenge to turn down,” Beegle said when discussing the donor challenge.

He and other parish members are hoping that individuals and organizations within the community who appreciate the services the center provides and will join the fund raising efforts.

For more information on the Mulberry Community Center, visit their Facebook page at Meigs Cooperative Parish or e-mail the Parish at

Robert Beegle, Meigs Cooperative Parish chairman-elect, tracking contribution status. Beegle, Meigs Cooperative Parish chairman-elect, tracking contribution status.

By Lorna Hart