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President Dale Hart presenting a donation to Homer Burnett, the executive director of C.A.L.L.

(6-4-19) The Community Action Life Line, or C.A.L.L., was founded in 1990 to serve the disadvantaged citizens of Mercer County. A faith-based organization, C.A.L.L. accepts no direct government support. They do benefit from their tax exempt status as a nonprofit. Beginning as a food and clothing pantry, the organization has expanded its programs dramatically over the last 30 years.

The C.A.L.L. Cafe offers a hot meal every Tuesday at the fairgrounds. Their Backpack Program serves area students in grades K—4. The Work 4 Program provides large household appliances that clients can “purchase” by working a certain number of hours per appliance. The Aquaponics Center allows the ministry to give fresh greens to their clients all year long. Fresh vegetables and fruits from their garden are available in the summer. A more recent program is the bed ministry. A volunteer builds bed frames for clients so that they can move their mattresses off the floor.

C.A.L.L. relies on donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. To make a tax deductible donation, find them on Facebook at C.A.L.L. Food Pantry or at You can also send donations to C.A.L.L. Ministries, 420 N. Brandon Ave., Suite B, Celina, Ohio 45822.

After Burnett’s presentation, President Hart presented him with a $440 donation. The club received this amount through a district grant intended for programs that address food insecurity.

The club tabled the discussion about their Lake Festival Parade entry until they had more information about possibly using the same convertible as last year. The 2019 scholarship winners were invited to represent the club in this year’s parade. Two members recently attended a charter event for the new Kenton club. Three members will attend the final division meeting of the year.

The Kiwanis Club of Celina meets at noon every Wednesday at CJ’s HighMarks.