The backbone for our success rests on our volunteers and their leadership. The M.O.R.E. organization has been in existence since June 6, 2000, and we have seen a number of community members serve on our board. Past members include: Lizeth DelaCruz, Carol Currier-Frighetto, Jay Filler, Jeff Hammer, Dan Hinckley, Myra Pleva, Kathy Trickett, and Tess Woyach. Our present board includes: Pat Adams, Chris Angelo, Norenne Dunker, Ron Ham, Tim Emerson, Mary Ann Kawall, Deb Keane, Sue Regas, Tim Stone, and founding members of 12 years, Bob Botts, Chris Botts, Sandy Butenschoen, Tom Dujmovich, Jan Perkins, and Charlie Petrauskis.

At our January annual meeting, we recognized our three program directors for their dedicated years to serving our community. Mary Ann Kawall, our Emergency Financial Assistance Director, has been with M.O.R.E. for 10 years. She is recognized for bringing a quality program that helps keep families in their homes and utilities turned on. She works with Salvation Army, townships, and other organizations to put together and coordinate packages for aiding families. Deb Keane, our clothing and small household items (Little Portion) Director, has also served 10 years with M.O.R.E. Deb monitors the inventory and her staff of volunteers to assure that our clients are clothed properly and have the basics for a household. This program became possible with the opening of the M.O.R.E. Center. Jan Perkins, our Food Pantry Director, has served as Marengo Food Pantry (Loaves and Fishes), as well as M.O.R.E for the past 20 years. Jan began as co-director with Cass Gilbert and the Inter-Church Council in 1992. The pantry has been in various locations, including Marengo City Hall, Marengo Water Treatment Plant, Covenant Baptist Church, the old J & L gas station on W. Grant Highway, and our present location. All three directors have a remarkable passion and continued enthusiasm for serving. Our community is blessed to have these dedicated community members. When you see them, be sure to extend a hand in thanks. M.O.R.E. is located at 829 Greenlee Street in Marengo, and is open from 9a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, and from 4p.m.-6p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 815-568-7950, or visit www.marengomorecenter.org.

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