Koinonia was launched to improve community

Since 2000, Koinonia Community Development Corp. has focused on promoting the well-being of the community.

"We wanted to get a chance to fellowship with the community and serve it," said the Rev. William Blount Sr., the president and founder of the organization. "Koinonia was created to do that and to address the concerns of the community in terms of social things, education things and economic things."

Koinonia, which means Christian fellowship, sponsors several programs throughout the year, including an enrichment program to keep children involved in education during the summer; a program to keep suspended students in a classroom setting and help them keep up with what is being taught; and work with Golden Harvest Food Bank to distribute food monthly to the needy.

It also has a yearly Thanks-giving Community Dinner, which includes giveaways and a worship service. This year's event will be held Thanksgiving Day at East Augusta Middle School.

The organization is asking for donations of food, money, clothing and shoes and is also seeking volunteers, the Rev. Blount said.

"We plan to have food galore, a worship service, give out free clothing and free shoes to the needy, and we are going to give out free Bibles," he said. "We also provide food for those in the nursing facilities and to those who are shut in."

Last year, the organization served about 1,500 families. The goal is to serve 2,500 this year.

"It's going to be a grand event, so if you call to help we will have something for you to do," he said. "We would appreciate anything that anyone can do to help."

For more information about the organization or how you can contribute to the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, call Stephanie Kirk, the executive director, at (706) 722-8544.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

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