VINTON — On Friday September 6, volunteers from the Ohio Valley Bank joined with a team from the Field of Hope Community Campus for a cleanup day.
An amazing amount of work was accomplished, and the day was complete with a lunch of barbecue ribs and chicken topped off with homemade ice cream for dessert. About one and a half 20-yard hoppers of trash were removed, and the Wheels of Hope vehicle repair building received some fresh paint. A load of old metal was removed, as well. As the campus area is cleaned up and prepared for revitalization, the vision becomes clearer for an expanded community food pantry, a youth center and a residential substance abuse rehabilitation center.
The Field of Hope campus is the former North Gallia High School property with the buildings and 47 acres. A USEPA Brownfield grant provided the funds to remove all asbestos from the former school buildings, and air sampling has verified a clean site. A new roof was installed on the gymnasium late last year.
“One of the many highlights of the day was working not only with folks from OVB but also with some folks who are active in the Gallia Strong Tower recovery outreach,” said Field of Hope Director Kevin Dennis. “It is exciting to see Step 12, ‘Giving Back’, of the Recovery process being lived out in their lives despite the many obstacles of recovering from a life of substance abuse.”
The Field of Hope Community Campus is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to ending the plague of substance abuse that is raging in our greater community. For more information on how to get involved, call Pastor Heath Jenkins at 740-388-8454 or Kevin Dennis at 740-794-1027.