Mount Union Students Lend a Helping Hand to Extreme Makeover: My Hometown Mahoning Valley

May 05, 2010

Mount Union College once again rallied volunteers to be involved in an Extreme Makeover crew, this time for a My Hometown Mahoning Valley project.

Nearly 50 students joined this past weekend at the request of Tony Espezido, who was the contractor on the national Extreme Makeover project in Boardman last year that saw Mount Union community volunteers aid in building a home for the Novak family. This year's volunteer crew participated in the Extreme Makeover: My Hometown Mahoning Valley project in Greenford, 10 minutes east of Salem, working in four-hour shifts on Friday and Saturday.

Extreme Makeover: My Hometown Mahoning Valley teamed up with WYTV 33, The Big Reach Ministry of Greenford Christian Church and a number of other companies and area businesses to build The Big Reach Center of Hope.

The Center of Hope will provide food, clothing and other items to the less fortunate individuals and families in the Mahoning Valley area. Churches from the local community will be providing a soup kitchen at the new center every other week and the facility also will be home to life skills classrooms, a library, a kitchen, a laundry room and warehouse space.

This local version of Extreme Makeover is based on ABC's national production and will air on the Youngstown ABC affiliate, WYTV 33 on a date to be announced.

For more information on the project, call the Greenford Christian Church at (330) 533-3278, ext. 250 or visit .

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