By Jennifer Weber

Kicking off a fresh start for the new year, the Trading Post Community Care Center, now under the direction of the Hamburg Wesleyan Church, held a rededication ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 3 with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce.

Peggy Austin, the new director of the Trading Post, explained that the financial responsibilities of the center has been assumed by the Hamburg Wesleyan Church, while the bulk of the every day-to-day work of the ministry is still accomplished by the many, hard-working and dedicated volunteers. The programs and mission to serve the community will stay the same, which include the soup kitchen and food pantry, free lunches served on Wednesdays, the thrift store and monthly clothing and additional supply drives.

“Thank you very much for taking over the responsibilities of the Trading Post,” Springville Mayor William Krebs said before helping to cut the ribbon. “We appreciate the churches and faith-based organizations that minister to the people who sort of fall through the gaps of our regular economic growth and social services provided by the government. It’s extremely important to our rural communities.”

The Trading Post will hold its first event of the year, The 9th Annual SOUPer Bowl Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Springville Country Club located at 14445 South Cascade Drive, Springville.

Contestants are asked to enter a Crockpot of their most delicious soup recipe where attendees will sample and vote for their favorite bowl! The event will also have live music from a DJ, a basket auction, games and prizes. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for a couple and will be available at the door.

The Trading Post is located at 38 Franklin Street in Springville and welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities to serve our community. For more information call (716) 592-4455 or visit their Facebook page at