WEIRTON A new organization has formed in Weirton comprised of area churches, groups , and citizens who provide dinner to all area residents at no cost.
"We're just a group of folks working very hard," said extension agent Carole Scheerbaum from the West Virginia University Hancock County Extension office.
The Table of Hope is located in Weirton at the First United Methodist Church, 3301 West St. The location is wheelchair accessible. Dinner is served there to anyone interested on Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The dinner is free no matter who you are or how much money you may make.
"There are no income guidelines," said Scheerbaum. "Just there for a meal and a good conversation."
The group is also working on another project - preparing "snack sacks" for children to pick up on Fridays so that they will have good-for-them treats during the weekend.
"Just some healthy snacks for them to have," said Scheerbaum.
Table of Hope opened on April 23 and is always looking for donations and support of multiple kinds.
"They are looking for donations, as well as if anyone wants to donate some time," said Scheerbaum.
For more information about the Table of Hope, to donate, or to volunteer your time, contact the project coordinator Pam Donohue at 304-670-9544.
In other extension office business, Scheerbaum announced that the theme for this year's Hancock County 4-H Camp for children ages 9 to 21 will be "The 4 Seasons of 4-H."
"Our camps are ready to rock, we're excited," said Scheerbaum. "Our team leaders have done a tremendous job planning county camp."
Hancock County 4-H Camp will be held from July 24-28 at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester. The cost is $125 per child and space is limited to 80 campers.
Camp activities will kick off with a birthday party celebrating all campers. There will also be a talent show, a tailgate party, and a camp dance.
Children ages 5 to 8 also have the opportunity to participate in 4-H camp with the Cloverbud Day Camps, happening June 25-29 at the Mercy Baptist Church in Weirton and July 9-13 at the New Cumberland City Building. Cost is $50 per child and space is limited to 24 children at each location. Fees include two snacks and lunch.
Children will participate in educational activities like 4-H and citizenship, healthy living, animal science, family science, and plants and trees.
The extension office is also planning a six week summer reading program for children entering first through sixth grade. The free event is called Energy Express.
While at Energy Express, children will make new friends, eat breakfast and lunch each day, express themselves through art, writing, and drama activities, get a book to keep each week, and spend time with a college student mentor.
The event will be held at both Weir Middle and Oak Glen Middle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 18-27, except for June 20 for Memorial Day and July 4 for Independence Day.
Space is limited to 48 children at Weir Middle and 40 children at Oak Glen Middle. Any child can participate, but top priority is given to children who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, have participated in Energy Express in the past, and are able to attend regularly throughout the six weeks.
Some transportation assistance will be made available, but specific details about pick-up points for the summer will be decided closer to the start of the program.
"We're going to be having a really ambitious, busy, and fun summer. We're looking forward to it," said Scheerbaum. "If you know of anyone who would like to have some fun with us, let us know."
For more information about Energy Express or 4-H camps, contact the Hancock County Extension office at 304-564-3805.