New storage box at Clark County Community Services continues family tradition

Published 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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It’s not often that a family’s mark on an organization remains the same after ten years. 

Yet such an influence will be felt at Clark County Community Services (CCCS) on Taylor Avenue. 

Not only has a new storage box for individuals to drop off much-needed goods and more been installed, but it’s been done primarily thanks to Garrett Goldhahn, the younger brother of Taylor Goldhahn, who installed the previous bin approximately ten years ago. 

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“The other one was perfect; it just wasn’t big enough for the amount of donations we were getting…which is an awesome problem to have,” said Laci Scarboro, Executive Director of Clark County Community Services. “It’s already been a game-changer.” 

By fortune, Scarboro one day came across Jennifer Goldhahn, the mother of both Garrett and Taylor. 

“I knew I didn’t want [just] anybody else to build it,” she said. 

After CCCS Marketing Director Kristy Weckwert identified Goldhahn, a conversation about building a new bin began. 

Before long, Garrett – a junior at George Rogers Clark High School and long-time member of Boy Scouts of America – was contacted. 

“I was actually at a Boy Scout meeting whenever Mom texted me about it,” he said. “She told me that this project was up for grabs, and I knew that since [Taylor] had built the original box, I wanted to build the new one and…keep it a family thing.” 

While his ambition was high, Goldhahn—along with the help of family members, including his father, Lance—soon began to formulate ideas. 

“Planning-wise, it was more of just trying to figure out all the dimensions and everything that we would need to give them enough room…and then figuring out how much lumber we would need [and] all sheets of plywood for the walls, how many boards for the studs, [and] how much metal we would need for the roof,” he said. 

Ultimately, a box 16 feet wide, four feet deep, six feet tall at the front, and seven feet tall at the back was built. 

There are also sliding doors in the front, allowing for easy access. 

Along with providing more physical room for storage, Scarboro states that the box – now painted blue – has additional perks. 

“I think it would get to the point where we were emptying it four or five times a day, and it was almost a deterrent because people were like, ‘Oh. they have so much stuff!’” Scarboro said. “We never have enough, so we always need more. This way, everything looks neat and clean…it just shows how [Clark County] Community Services has grown.” 

The welcoming appearance also complements other interior and exterior work that Clark County Community Services has facilitated. 

Yet that’s not all. 

With so many donations being provided toward the project by members of the community and more, a check of over $1300 in remaining funds was presented to Scarboro by the Goldhahn family. 

As for Taylor Goldhahn, who Garrett said was his inspiration for joining Boy Scouts and more, seeing the work is rewarding. 

“It was fun to watch the passing of the torch,” he said.