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Nonprofits show off their services in Wadsworth

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    More than 50 local nonprofit organizations participate in the annual Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Fair on Wednesday at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center in Wadsworth.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Dan DePasquale, 28, serves up a sample of Medina Creative Housing’s Creative Living Coffee during the annual Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Fair on Wednesday afternoon at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center in Wadsworth.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Director Daniel Slife represents the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation along with the foundation’s Vice President Brad Proudfoot and Treasurer Joel Cavanaugh during the nonprofit fair Wednesday at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center in Wadsworth.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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WADSWORTH — An event where it is commonplace to see local businesses touting their positions in the marketplace became a platform for area nonprofits to connect with business leaders Wednesday.

The Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Nonprofit Fair at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center and more than 50 local nonprofits where on hand to share their stories and tell how they work to benefit the community.

“Creative Living Coffee is a work training program for individuals with disabilities,” said Medina Creative Housing CEO Dianne DePasquale–Hagerty. “They actually source their beans directly from the growers and they roast the coffee in Medina and provide it out to the public and the businesses.”

DePasquale–Hagerty said Medina Creative Housing has been active in Medina County for 26 years, and currently features 18 programs, including 11 work training programs.

This includes its Creative Living Coffee brand, which is currently available at medinacreativehousing.com and to different area businesses, as well as Lodi Hospital and Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Heights.

A cafe and coffee roastery where patrons will be able to enjoy a hot cup of Joe and watch as the roasting of coffee beans is set to open this spring on Grande Boulevard in Medina, DePasquale–Hagerty said.

Matt Addis of the Wadsworth Young Professional Association said good old fashioned in-person networking is still important for today’s working young professionals.

“Being younger, everything is kind of transmitted over the internet now, or through computers,” Addis said. “You don’t get a lot of face-to-face interaction and that is something you really need to network and get out and meet people.”

The group is an outreach organization of the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, and hosts networking events such as Cocktails with Colleagues and its Mochas and Mentors speaker series.

Brad Proudfoot and Joel Cavanaugh joined Wadsworth Public Library Director Daniel Slife in representing the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation.

Slife said the foundation is a philanthropic organization that works to provide funding for the library beyond tax dollars.

In addition to helping the library meet its “core needs,” donations from the foundation have allowed the library to go the extra mile, such as purchasing a van for outreach programs a few years ago, Slife said.

“Most recently in 2017, the foundation gave us a generous $133,000 donation to help us expand and upgrade our children’s area on the second floor of the library,” Slife said.

The next Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center, 201 Park Center Drive, Wadsworth. The event will feature the annual State of the City Address by Mayor Robin Laubaugh.

For more information, visit www.wadsworthchamber.com.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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