History

Tuscarawas County Council for Church & Community…

(T-4-C) was founded in 1966 as a result of a (5) five county study by the Ohio Council of Churches and the Ohio State University.  Representatives from several major church denominations partnered with community leaders within our county to address humanitarian needs such as poverty and housing that were not met otherwise.  It was established as a non-profit, non-denominational agency and remains so to this day.  An Executive Director operates the agency under the authority of a (24) member Board. To request an informative presentation on any of our programs please contact T-4-C at 330.343.6012

 

Share-A-Christmas…

1974

October/November:  The Times Reporter featured a series of articles on critical  needs facing  low income families in Tuscarawas County (inflation, rising energy costs,  low fixed income). In regard to the Christmas Season, there was an overwhelming public response.  By Christmas Eve, under the direction of the staff of the Tuscarawas County Department of Human Services, food and gifts  were generously given to over 200 families.

Little did anyone know that Share-A-Christmas was born!

 1975

The following year, in the spirit of the holidays, T-4-C (Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community) and the Tuscarawas County Department of Human Services partnered together for a coordinated effort.  That year, with the help of many volunteers and the generosity of our communities, 365 families who were receiving public assistance were helped.

1976

With continuing concern, the scope of caring was broadened to include all families of the county in need.  Also, this was the first year that  WJER Radio and Indian Valley  F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America) students  joined  forces to implement a county-wide toy drive. . .  WJER and Indian Valley F.F.A.  have remained faithful to their annual toy mission to this very day.

1979

For the  first time,  volunteer Community Co-Chairs  assisted the Tuscarawas County Department of Human Services and T-4-C in recruiting volunteers for  interviewing and processing  applications.

Today

In the present,  Share-A-Christmas  continues  as  a  vibrant  county-wide  mission reflecting the caring heart and generous  spirit  of  the  people,  churches,  businesses,  schools  and  organizations  of  our  communities; and thousands are blessed because of it.

“God bless us, every one.” –  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

The Youth Booster (YB) program provides positive adult role models to students who are in need of extra support and guidance …it provides them a well needed “BOOST!”

The Youth Booster mentoring program is designed to work with students 8-12 years of age who may be anxious, have low self-esteem, few friends, lack an adult support system, or may have difficulty functioning in the natural home and /or at school.

Since 1980, the YB mentoring program has relied on responsible adults in the community to serve as Boosters for the students who are awaiting help. The program is designed to offer a supportive one-on-one relationship which enables the student to achieve goals established by the program and his/her school and family. Monthly activities are planned for all students and Boosters to enjoy together.

Our YB mentoring program was instituted in 1980 with the assistance of The American Association of University Women, and since then many children have benefited from the learning experiences, the fun activities and the summer camp opportunities. This program has proven to truly make a difference in the lives of many children …many times over!

Students in grades (3-6) throughout Tuscarawas County are referred to the program by their Guidance Counselors and Principals, with parental consent. The at-risk students are then matched with an adult who spends (2-6) hours weekly with them. We pay our mentors an hourly stipend ($4) plus reimburse them for expenses (up to $25/month). Together they work toward individual goals (academic, social, spiritual, cultural, athletic, etc…) which are mutually devised by parents, school personnel and the program coordinator.

The “Youth Booster Coordinator”, plans and facilitates monthly (Saturday) activities for learning and fun, maintains ongoing contact with family, school personnel, and gives oversight to the mentoring and achievement goals.

Adult Boosters must be at least 20 years old, possess high integrity, a well balanced lifestyle plus a have a big heart for children. The young students could use your boost! We live in challenging times indeed and could use your help to impact future generations by paying it forward.

To volunteer as a Booster or to request more information, call 330-343-6012 or email [email protected]