BEAVER SPRINGS - The new director of the Middlecreek Area Community Center wants people to know the building offers more than just a workout center.
Erica Hood, of Middleburg, began her position as director on April 14. She replaces Cher Harpster who served as MACC director for two years.
"I don't want to change the programs; I want to change the community's perception," she said.
New director Erica Hood stands in front of the “Giving Tree” at the Middlecreek Area Community Center in Beaver Springs.
Sentinel photo by TABITHA GOODLING
While many associate the MACC with a place for Zumba, workout equipment and sports, Hood said there is so much more the public needs to know.
"We are more than a fitness place. We offer a daycamp. We have after-school programs. Seniors groups meet here. We open up the gym for weddings, birthdays, Chinese auctions and more," Hood explained. She noted the MACC Preschool is also operated within its walls.
Hood came to the MACC after 12 and a half years in the non-profit field. She was employed by the Alzheimer's Association in Harrisburg and holds a bachelor's degree in recreational therapy.
She said one way to spread the word about the benefits of the MACC is to reach out to community partners and businesses in the community to make them aware of all that is happening.
"As much as people need the community center, the community center needs the people."
She noted it is the people of the community who donate financially that make the MACC a reality.
"Our membership fees do not cover operational costs," she said. Donors and fundraisers are the hub of the MACC's financial success.
Those fundraisers are also being better advertised, she said, so that more people will get involved and want to know more about the Snyder County community center.
Upcoming fundraisers and events include:
Support the MACC Day at Selinsgrove Wendy's, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, with 10 percent of proceeds going to the community center
Breakfast at the MACC, 6 a.m. -11 a.m. Saturday, May 17
Chinese auction, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Saturday, May 24
MACC Summer Day Camps beginning June 9 and running for eight weeks
The Second Annual Davy Jones Memorial Bed Race, Saturday, June 28
The executive director is to be responsible "for the overall health of the building," Hood said. She will be busy working to find donors, ensure the availability of healthy programs, and manage the day to day operations of the MACC.
She also is asking the community why they see the MACC in one form only. It is her goal to change that thought process.
"The stigma is trying to understand why we only see it as a workout center," she said, adding, "I am really looking forward to getting out and meeting the people of this community."