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The Community Resource Fair will have something for everyone from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

The fair will feature approximately 40 organizations that represent a multitude of services and resources in the region, said Heather Warner, founder and director of GoPacks of Marietta and lead organizer of the fair.

“Of everything we have here, people may not really know about it,” she says.

A variety of organizations offering different services will be available with information displays.

Diversity was essential to appeal to all age groups, according to Warner. The groups will represent food, parenting, disabilities, child and youth services, mental health, basic needs, finance, elder services and education, among others.

Participants include local colleges and health departments, Warner said.

The groups are:

¯ River Cities Symphony Orchestra, arts

¯ Building bridges to careers, children-youth

¯ Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, children-youth

¯ The Ely Chapman Education Foundation & The Ely Chapman Learning Center, children-youth

¯ Family and children first, children-youth

¯ COAD, childhood-youth

¯ Southeast Ohio Youth Mentoring, Children-Youth

¯ Ohio KAN, children-youth

¯ Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Ewing School, disability-education

¯ Wood County Society, Disability

¯ The Center for Amputees, handicap

¯ HAVAR inc., disability

¯ Washington State Community College, Education

¯ Marietta College, Education

¯ American Red Cross Ohio River Valley Emergency

¯ Parkersburg Pride, Equality

¯ Mid-Ohio Valley Consumer Credit Counselor, Finance

¯ Marietta YMCA, fitness

¯ Community food initiatives,

¯ GoPacks, food

¯ Greater Marietta Area Community Food Pantry, food

¯ Marietta Community Foundation-Dolly Parton Imagination Library, foundation

¯ Washington County Health Department, Health

¯ Marietta/Belpre Health Department,

¯ Habitat for Humanity, housing

¯ Marietta Community Library, Literacy

¯ Suicide Awareness Alliances & HOPE, mental health

¯ SE Ohio Counseling Center, Mental Health

¯ OSU expansion, nutrition

¯ Circles, poverty

¯ Ombudsman, resident advocates

¯ Salvation Army, safety net

¯ O’Neill Senior Center/Belpre Senior Center, seniors

¯ Buckeye Hills, seniors

¯ United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, services

¯ Christy Burke – Parenting Pamphlets, Parenting

¯ Marietta Memorial Health/Hospital, health

¯ Southeast Ohio Legal Services,

There may be music from the River City Symphony Orchestra, Warner said.

Most of the exhibits will be in the hotel’s ballroom, she said. Some will be outdoors, such as the vegetarian cart and the bookmobile, Arnold said.

Admission is free, she says. The participation of agencies and organizations is also free.

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