Community leader honored for working to reduce poverty in Franklin County

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The Ripple of Hope Award acknowledges the stellar achievements of a person or group in the battle to reduce poverty in Franklin County.

One of three recipients is Lela Boykin.

For nearly 40 years, Boykin has been a whirlwind of activity and a driving force at her job.

Lela Boykin 1“I have two possibilities of two work sites for our young people,” said Boykin, who is Community Relations Director for the Neighborhood House on East Atcheson Street.

While attending the Ohio State University she said she mentored teenage girls at the house. Even as she moved up the management ladder, she never let go of her calling.

“Everybody has to I think, find their passion, and follow their passion and I wanted to be happy,” said Boykin.

It is not the money, prestige or awards that drive her though, it is the lessons learned from her parents.

“The message we got was, ‘if you can help somebody in this life, you do it,’” she said.

Boykin has helped generations of children and families with life’s lessons.

“Poverty is not an excuse, my parents taught me that.” she said. “The only excuse you have is not doing.”

Ms. Boykin will be one of three people honored during a luncheon next Tuesday at the Hilton Hotel at Easton.

The other two Impact Advocates are state Senator Charleta B. Tavares  and Philip Cole, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.

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