Mansfield city workers represented by AFSCME Local 3088 helped make last weekend’s telethon in support of the Rehab Center, which provides behavioral health services drug and alcohol treatment services in Richland County, a huge success.
The “The Rehab Telethon”, which stared in 1992, marked it’s 25th anniversary by raising $110,351 which will go toward filling in the gaps in the center’s programs, which also include service for children and adolescents.
“It’s great we all came together to help make life better for those utilizing rehab services – and that makes Mansfield a better community, too.” said Mapes, who is union president has worked 23 years for the city
The Rehab Center, which has been in existence since the mid-1950s originally focused on vocational rehabilitation.
It takes more than 300 people to put on the telethon, including behind the scenes volunteers and those on the phone banks.
Using money raised from the telethon, the center has been able to make up for cuts in state funding. The proceeds from the event account for about 5 percent of the agency’s overall budget.