Ravenna Police Association receives $10,000 for community engagement


Ravenna Police recently got a big boost in their efforts to engage with the community.

In August, the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Ravenna donated $10,000 to the Ravenna Police Association, the police department’s nonprofit for community engagement efforts.

“Donors like them are essential to the continued success of the Ravenna Police Associations mission, and we are grateful for their support,” the police department said on Facebook Aug. 17.

Police Captain Jake Smallfield said every member of the police department also belongs to the association.

“The money they gave us goes back into the community,” Smallfield said. “We don’t keep any of the money. We raise money so that we can, for example, sponsor sports teams, donate food to the Center of Hope, help other organisations.”

According to the Fraternal Order of Eagles website, the parent club of Ravenna is an international service organization that raises and donates money to various causes, including those in local communities.

Randy Aughenbaugh, secretary of the Ravenna club, said the donation to the Ravenna Police Association was part of the mission of the Fraternal Order of Ravenna Eagles.

In the past, the charity has sponsored Shop With A Cop, where police officers volunteer to do Christmas shopping with children in need using donation money. Last summer, he helped with the Habitat for Humanity cleanup on Lake Street, including buying volunteer t-shirts and equipment that was used.

Most recently, the charity donated $1,000 to Raven Packs, another local nonprofit, to provide food parcels to food-insecure Ravenna school students from kindergarten through fifth grade. year.

Smallfield said he wasn’t sure if the charity had ever received such a large or larger donation. He knows that the association has received “fairly large donations” from Walmart.

The association is discussing what to do with the Eagles’ donation.

“It was very generous and we appreciate the support,” Smallfield said.

Journalist Jeff Saunders can be reached at [email protected]


Comments are closed.