King Kennedy Community Center

The King Kennedy Community Center provides a variety of services to support and assist community members to better Portage County.


of every dollar donated goes toward direct service.


people are served each year through our programs.


individuals volunteer every year.


King Kennedy Community Center (KKCC) exists to uplift the residents of McElrath Park and the surrounding area. KKCC provides a variety of experiences and opportunities designed to enrich the lives of our community members.

Since 1978, the Center has been helping children and adults achieve their highest potential, by providing resources and opportunities including: after school tutoring, field trips, health fairs, mentoring programs, outdoor activities, senior meals, summer programs, volunteer and internship opportunities, holiday events, and much more.


The King Kennedy Community Center was built in 1978 by a group of like-minded individuals, inspired by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President John F. Kennedy. At this time, our neighborhood of McElrath Park was ranked as one of the nation’s most underprivileged rural communities. With the help and determination of community members, including the McElrath Improvement Corporation (MIC), volunteers from the surrounding area, including students from Kent State University (KSU), and the federal government, a multi-purpose building was created to assist with the growth and development of the community and its members.

Today, our community continues to flourish and grow. In 2002, KKCC merged with Portage County’s largest non-profit social service organization, Family and Community Services, Inc. (F&CS). This merge provided our community members with even more access to many, many different community and social services, events, resources, and programs. It also provided KKCC with additional support, in order for us to continue to be a strong influence in the region by promoting cultural awareness, empowering and strengthening families through program and resource availability, and continuing as a beacon of stability and unity within our McElrath Park community.

  • Summer Jake’s Kids is an 8-week summer program of learning, leisure and laughter. The program provides educational, recreational and social activities as well as nutritional meals and snacks. This is done with a variety of field trips, outdoor experiences and team building exercises. The program is available to children ages 3-12 (must be potty trained). Breakfast and lunch are served daily.
  • The Tutoring Program provides free tutoring to help improve children’s grades and comprehension of academic subjects. Tutoring is available for students in grades 1-12 every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 PM. The tutors include students from Kent State University and Hiram College as well as community volunteers. No preregistration is required for tutoring; walk-ins are acceptable.
  • Senior Lunches are available for seniors ages 60+. Meals can be picked up from the center or delivered to their home. The meals must be pick up between 10 AM-1 PM. Meals can be delivered Monday through Friday at 10:00 AM. The meals are provided by Best Choice.
  • You can complete supervised Community Service Monday through Saturday from 9 AM-1 PM. Contact Director Lajoyce Harris at 330.296.9957 for more information.

Program Mission

To better the Portage County community by working with area residents to improve overall living conditions.


6660 Garfield Rd.
Ravenna, OH 44266
P: 330.296.9957
F: 330.296.9803