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April 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Political Science Alum Retires After 41 Years of Community Action

Ohio University alum Chuck Lorenz ’74M is retiring after 41 years at HARCATUS, a community action organization based in Dennision, OH, reports the Times Reporter.

Lorenz earned a master’s in government, a Political Science degree from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Looking back on 41 years at the HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization, Chuck Lorenz says it has been a wonderful experience.

“It’s funny. I almost have to pinch myself now to think that almost 41 years have gone by,” said Lorenz, who retired Friday as the organization’s executive director. “You look back and realize how quick the time has passed.”

He adds that the need for the agency is not going away. “Not nearly as significantly as one would hope for.”

HARCATUS, which has its headquarters in Dennison, serves residents in Tuscarawas, Harrison and Carroll counties. It administers such programs as Head Start, the HEAP winter heating program and the senior nutrition program. It has a yearly budget of little more than $7 million.

Head Start serves 365 families, while the HEAP program provided 1,700 households with emergency fuel assistance last winter. “We’re serving several thousand households in one way or another every year,” he said.

HARCATUS also has offices in New Philadelphia, Cadiz and Carrollton….

A native of New Philadelphia, Lorenz graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1969. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kent State University in 1973 and a master’s degree from Ohio University in 1974. He earned a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 1984.

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