Hopeful Communities

I woke up early and was hiking by 7:00 a.m. I headed southwest on Licking Valley Road until I reached the Luellen’s home. At 10:00 a.m. the whole United Way staff team gathered for a staff meeting. It was nice to have everyone together face to face and to be able to talk about the tasks ahead of us. We have a wonderfully talented staff. Without each of them doing their part this 50 day walk would not be possible. Each of them have contributed uniquely with their time and talents. It’s a blessing to work with these wonderful individuals! Thanks Staff!

By 2:00 p.m. it was time to start walking again…..just in time for a very wet storm. After another 3 miles of walking in the rain, I was ready to dry out for a bit at the Smith Chapel United Methodist Church. Originally we were scheduled to have a wiener roast at the Smith Chapel Campground but the weather forecast forced us to move the dinner inside the church. Before dinner however Luellen and I did get a moment to take a tour of the Smith Chapel Campground. This is definitely another hidden gem in our county. For anyone looking for a beautiful camping spot, contact the Smith Chapel United Methodist Church in Perry Township.

At 5:00 p.m. it was time for another wonderful church supper and discussion about United Way. At around 8:00 p.m. we wrapped it up and it was time to clean up another church kitchen.

Perry Township is full of farms and small churches. These are close knit communities where everyone knows everyone and folks look out for one another. The residents like living in the country away from the lights and traffic of town. Churches become the focal point for community events, meetings and dinners. These small rural communities are made up a large part of Licking County, and United Way is proud to fund programs that are also making a difference in these communities as well.

Perry Township thanks for your hospitality!

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