About MCTV's Organization of the Month
Charitable behavior can lead to psychological, spiritual, and emotional well-being benefits for the giver. Besides helping the community and being a part of a greater good, charitable donations are tax deductible, can give you a sense of purpose and can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice. Each month, MCTV highlights two local non-profit organizations. We have donation boxes set up in our lobbies and have information on our websites about each charity, along with links to their respective websites. MCTV’s commitment to charitable causes creates new ways for you to find, learn about, and support local charities. We try to make a bigger difference in the causes you care about the most and become partners with the organizations in order to bring about change. Donate with confidence to these organizations. They are low-risk organizations, have targeted goals, function with good governance and have transparency policies. To learn more, visit our community involvement page.
Massillon Area Greenways, Inc. (MAGI)
MCTV is pleased to recognize Massillon Area Greenways, Inc. (MAGI) as our Community Organization of the Month for July. Please join us in thanking them for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Stark County. You can support them financially at our office and at the Lake Avenue Trailhead.
MAGI is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to stimulate public interest and support for the protection, preservation, development, and enhancement of the historical, natural, and recreational resources along the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal. MAGI will coordinate and organize local government, corporate, and private sector support for the development and long-range implementation of the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor concept within the greater Massillon community and western Stark County.
Funding from membership dues, grants, and fund-raisers is used for trail improvements, signage, education, and other related projects. As a member, you are invited to attend monthly meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of every month. You will receive monthly meeting minutes, Newsletters in the spring and fall, and the satisfaction of being part of a historical and recreational asset.
Since 1994, MAGI has been hard at work advocating trail development and awareness. They have:
- Constructed, installed, and maintained information kiosks at John Glenn Grove Trailhead, Bottoms Park Trailhead, and Towpath Court Trailhead.
- Developed the “Discover Massillon” trail to safely guide trail users through downtown Massillon.
- Worked with Massillon Parks & Recreation Department to secure a grant along with supplying funding and manpower for a connector trail joining the Sippo Valley and Ohio & Erie Canalway Trails.
- In conjunction with Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County, provided maps of the Sippo Valley Trail for hikers and cyclists.
- Sponsored work days to help with maintenance on trail, including trash pick-up, trimming branches and weeds, and signage repairs.
- Held monthly meetings, spoken to numerous civic groups, and printed newsletter to keep everyone informed of the latest trail developments.
Become a member of MAGI and you can sign up for a committee:
- Poker Run – volunteers to help with publicity and registration
- Work Days – held in April and September, these “hands on” projects target different sections of trail in need of repair
- Newsletter – MAGI has a spring and fall newsletter and is always looking for contributing news items as well as volunteers to prepare the newsletter for mailing
- Grant Applications – volunteers who are familiar with the grant writing process can help write grants to various foundations and organizations that have money available
- Kiosk Updating – volunteers needed to gather material, update, and clean the kiosks that are placed along the trail
- Speakers Bureau – MAGI is called upon occasionally to present a program to local groups
As a way to help the recycling efforts in our community, MAGI has placed a paper recycling bin at the Lake Avenue Trailhead. This is your opportunity to do something good for the environment and at the same time help a worthwhile cause.
Simply save up your newspapers, magazines, junk mail, and catalogs (sorry, no cardboard or phone books). When you’re ready, just drop them off at the green and yellow collection bin that is placed in the lot at the trailhead.
Massillon Area Greenways, Inc.
Lake Avenue Trailhead
135 Lake Avenue NW
Massillon, OH 44647