“We are thankful to FLCC. Every year more than 30,000 children
in Lucas County don’t have enough food to eat. When the school
year ends, so do the school lunch programs that give most of
them at least one meal a day. Poor and hungry, some children are
so desperate they dive into dumpsters to search through the
garbage for their next meal.
“Many children and
families living in poverty don’t know where to turn for help.
Feed Lucas County Children (FLCC) isn’t a food bank or a soup
kitchen. Instead, we provide children with free meals that are
balanced, healthy, and hot. Our program has coordinated a
community-wide initiative involving over 80 agencies to offer a
safe haven, educational programs, and sports during critical
summer months; I’m Proud to be a FLCC Site,” exclaimed Ms. Durán.
Tony P. Siebeneck (director of FLCC) and
James Bloom (of Sustainable Local Foods, LLC) were present
to explain the programs.
Ms. Durán then explained
that the Center had received two grants—the Board of Trustees of
the Toledo Community Foundation had approved a grant to
the Center in the amount of $6,640. “These funds will be used to
support our baseball, basketball, and football programs,” said
“The Toledo Community
Foundation grant will be used to purchase equipment for our
baseball, basketball and football teams and to purchase football
uniforms for our football program. This will allow us to
purchase new safe helmets for our teams. Our concern is always
the safety of our youth and by having the resources to purchase
these new helmets we are assuring that when the children/youth
play these sports they will have the best protection possible,”
said Ms. Durán.
The director also thanked
the City of Toledo, Dept. of Neighborhoods for granting
the Center the sum of $17,950 for sports and activities
Ms. Durán concluded that
on September 12, 13, and 14, the Center will be having its
annual fundraiser “Keeping Sports Alive” Carnival, featuring
music, food, and games.
El Corazón de México will be hosting fundraiser at Center on
According to its director,
Elaina Hernández, the ballet folkloric dance group El
Corazón de México will be hosting a fundraiser at the
Believe Center on June 21, 2014, from 6:00pm to midnight. Its
dancers will be showcased at 7:15pm. Guests will also be
entertained by DJs Lalo González and Anthony Durán.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Cost is
For more information on
the Believe Center or how you can support its community effort,
call Marie (Tonya) Durán at 419-244-6097, or email to: