Ohio Amateur Radio Club Donates to Help Needy Families


The Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) in Ohio recently donated nearly $4000 to support the efforts of the Center of Hope in Ravenna. PCARS President Rick Kruis. K8CAV, and Vice President Jim Wilson, AC8NT, presented Mark Frisone, chief executive officer of Family & Community Services Inc (FCS), with a check for $3,851 to support the Center’s efforts.

An ARRL-affiliated special service club, PCARS has more than 200 members. The club offers licensing and upgrading classes as well as operating events and project-building sessions each month.

“This is truly a clear example of the impact that the Center has on our community,” Frisone said in accepting the club’s contribution. “It is generous donations from area organizations that give us the resources to continue to help those in need.”

The Center of Hope is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition of low-income people in Portage County where there are no local food pantries. The center provides free hot meals 5 days a week for 75 to 100 individuals. Groceries are also available monthly through the Christian Cupboard, free of charge, dependent upon an individual’s income.