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The Friends of the Community Center Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Meals on Wheels Home Delivery Program. They provide nutrition to the most vulnerable population in Citrus County: seniors.
There is always a necessary need to feed the seniors in the community, especially during these trying times. The COVID-19 pandemic almost completely wiped out their operation funds for the Circle of Friends Gift Shop, which is the main source of the organization’s funding along with private donations.
They started with a plan to reach $50,000 in total donation to the Meals on Wheels program and, thanks to private donations, were able to reach this goal. They have now donated even more than that to the Meals on Wheels program.
The organization operates mainly by seven or eight volunteers at a time, with others helping when needed. There is also a board that makes decisions concerning how the gift shop, which opened in 2010, is operated.
Friends of the Community Center Inc. welcomes any and all volunteers who want to help them out either one day a week or a few times a month.
To volunteer, call the center and speak with a staff member at 352-527-5993 or call Mary Laughlin at 352-503-7318.
The gift shop is located at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. It operates Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.