Block Party Provides Community Building for Madisonville Residents

Cincinnati, OH, June 17, 2010 --( June 19, 2010 Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) joins Eastminster Presbyterian Church to host a fun community event where neighborhood residents can connect.

MEAC and the Eastminster Presbyterian Church are joining together for the fifth straight year to positively engage their neighbors in Madisonville. The annual Block Party is said to attract people of all ages and backgrounds.

“It is a cool gathering that positively engages people in our community,” said Robin Boles, a MEAC employee and Madisonville resident. “Through this event, we hope to encourage a positive sense of community in this neighborhood and teach the kids as well as the adults that loving and caring for each other will make this community better,” she added.

“Seeing seniors and kids gather for a common purpose creates a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere that is not common in our neighborhood,” said Boles.

Since 1986, MEAC has offered vital assistance, primarily in the form of food, clothing, rent and utility assistance as well as various educational programs to help improve living standards in and around Madisonville. Four years ago, with help from the Eastminster Church, MEAC moved into its current facility next to the church building to better serve the community.

“Since MEAC moved into our facility, the congregation of Eastminster has been helping in every way possible to reach out to low-income families from various communities,” said Doug Riddiough who has been a member of Eastminster for 54 years. MEAC in its effort to enhance the living standards of Madisonville residents offer referrals for substance abuse counseling, job placements and job training to its ever-expanding client base.

Due to the popularity and impact of the annual Block Party, St Luke AME has for years supported the event. Additional support for this year’s event is also being provided by Jacob’s Well of the Vineyard Church. Together, these various groups share one purpose: the vision of a better Madisonville.

With an expanded variety of activities including karaoke, a bounce house, and the nationally recognized Mason High School Jump Rope Team, this year’s event is expected to draw more community participation.

From noon to 4pm, guests will enjoy a wide array of food, music, raffles and receive more information on various services that MEAC offers to the community. “Our mission as Christians is to show God’s love in every way we can to all men. The block party, I believe, is one way the congregation at Eastminster fulfills that mission,” Riddiough said.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
Jessica Wabler