Our Story

The Carr Center’s History

In 1956, Zanesville welcomed its first and only center for disabled children. Known as the Muskingum County Society for Crippled Children, Inc. the center provided care and services to area children suffering from polio, cerebral palsy, deafness, and speech impairments.

Under the careful eyes of the original founders, Ed Allen and Orville Littick, the center flourished. On August 25, 1978, the National Society for Crippled Children became known as the Easter Seal Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, creating a name change also here in Muskingum County. Located in the Wilson School building, the Muskingum County Easter Seals society continued to serve the disabled children in our area.

  • In the 1970s the Center relocated from Wilson School to Brookover Ave.
  • In 1987, the Center established the Cake auction, as the primary fundraiser, to support its many programs.
  • Mr. Alfred S. Carr bequeathed a large sum of money in his will to the Center. Trustees: Dorbie Littick, Ancel Luburgh, and Dale Tysinger oversaw the purchase of our current location, 1035 Beverly Avenue, enabling the Center to have ample space for its expanding programs
  • With a $25,000.00 grant from the Area Agency on Aging PSA #9, the Carr Center opened an Adult Day Care; the first of its kind in Muskingum County.
  • In 1994, the Board votes to disaffiliate from the National Easter Seals Society. On August 8, 1994, the Center is renamed the Alfred S. Carr Center in honor of Mr. Carr’s generous gift to the Center.
  • In 2004 the Alfred S. Carr Center was renamed The Carr Center, Inc.
  • Today the Carr Center offers services through more than 18 active programs to children and adults living with disabilities in Muskingum County.
About The Carr Center Zanesville Ohio Muskingum County

Our Board

  • Kurt Fell


    WHIZ Media Group

  • Carter Brown


    Stubbins Watson Bryan Witucky

  • Shala Aitken


    Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union

  • Nikki Anderson

    Board Member

  • Katie Brown

    Board Member

    Rea & Associates

  • Tony Coury

    Board Member

    Rochelle's Barber Shop

  • Heather Devoll

    Board Member

    Park National Bank

  • Mike Fulmer

    Board Member

    Fulmer Insurance

  • Dylan Parry

    Board Member

    Lepi & Associates

  • Kevin Pinson

    Board Member

    Abbot Senior Living

  • Taylor Russell

    Board Member

    Purina Nestle

  • Chad Tyson

    Board Member

    Muskingum County Center for Seniors

  • Courtney Hiles

    Board Member

    The Community Bank

Our Mission

Our Mission is to assist youth and adults to reach their fullest potential through educational programs and functional support.

Our Vision

A non-profit organization that assists persons to achieve his/her fullest educational and/or functional potential in order to achieve or maintain the highest quality of living. The Center depends upon the support of our community to provide programs that are relevant to the needs of children with speech and language delays, seniors and their community caregivers, the disabled or disadvantaged, and our community as a whole.