VINEYARD COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTER
In November 1997, a newly formed organization of
volunteer, caring adults opened its doors for a Friday Youth Activity night for
local and surrounding community youth aged 12 to 19. The Vineyard has now been providing these weekly Youth
Activity Nights for more than 15
years. Although small in number, we are dedicated and committed to this offering to our area youth.
We started in a facility located in Muncy, PA, and which we leased from the New Life Church. Our initial lease was free-of-charge for a three-year period. As we did not own the property, our use was somewhat restricted.
From the start, it had been our desire to one day own a property and expand the uses and services we could offer. The Friday Youth Activity Nights had always
been intended to be the first in a series of a community-wide activities for which we would provide a home. As we rely totally on the communities we serve for support and
funding, we were not in a position to acquire our own property for several years.
In June 2010, VCAC acquired the
property at 99 Sherman Street in Muncy, with the legal assistance of local attorney Howard Langdon and the financial assistance of Muncy Bank & Trust through a mortgage for the purchase and necessary renovations. Attorney Langdon further assisted us in obtaining a tax-exemption under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
Prior to starting operations in our new facility, we constructed a kitchen and eating area, removed temporary partitions and renovated the common area, repaired the roof, and made improvements
necessary to comply with handicap accessibility and safety codes.
We opened our doors to the public at the end of October 2010
with the relocated Friday Youth Activity Night and the next week with an open
house and also our annual Fall Festival on Trick-or-Treat night. Since that time, we have also provided the space for Sunday
evening bible fellowship meetings led by our Board President, Rev.
James Savage; these meetings originated
for the fellowship of correction officers at the State Correction Institution in Muncy at which Rev. Savage had served for several years as a chaplain. Additionally, some of our staff and a group from Friends Church of Hughesville provided for several months a weekly activity and fellowship night on Saturday nights for young adults, ages
19 to 25. Several families have used the
facility for family gatherings including baby and bridal showers and birthday parties. The facility is available to the public for
meetings and other activities and recently we have hosted a community yard sale and a car show.