MCYFC celebrates anniversary, hosts open house

Linda Bula, secretary treasurer for the Mecosta County Youth and Family Center, gave tours of the center and the grounds to members of the public during the open house Saturday afternoon. Bula explained changes and updates to the center such as building a new garage and plans to develop a soccer field. (Pioneer photos/Taylor Fussman)

MECOSTA — After more than 20 years providing a fun and educational experience to youth in the community, volunteers with the Mecosta County Youth and Family Center (MCYFC) are still working hard to benefit children.

To thank everyone in the community who have supported MCYFC over the past decades and celebrate its successes, members held a public open house Saturday afternoon.

“We wanted to give out information about the center to all the people who have supported us all these years and who keep supporting us,” said Bonnie Shaw, assistant director. “It’s amazing how many individual people have helped.”

Executive Director Stacey Knoertzer added the open house gives members of the public a chance to see some of the changes to the center and receive information about the upcoming after-school program beginning on Monday, Sept. 10.

MCYFC, which began when Shaw, a local teacher, started working with kids after school in her classroom, has grown into a significant staple in the community.

Since building the center entirely from donated money in the Village of Mecosta, teachers and community members who volunteer their time have been working with youth from ages 8 to 18 from throughout the county.

“We are really focused on teaching and education, but we’ve been able to do a lot of family and community things too,” said Shaw. “There’s something here for everybody.”

Knoertzer explained although the center has been able to complete projects such as building a garage, installing new lights in the gym and updating other miscellaneous features, the MCYFC has proposed a millage which will be on the November general election ballot to help fund future projects.

“We hope to turn it into a real community center for everyone,” Shaw said.

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Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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