Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend Work on Sustainability

By: Candace Riley Email
By: Candace Riley Email

"We are in trouble and we need help financially."
The Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend is still trying to stay afloat after closing 10 of its 14 clubs last year.
Board members held a meeting February 17th at the Greg McCray location focused on sustaining and fundraising for the organization.

President Theresa Flury says, "Right now fundraising is what's most important, so any amount of donation is much appreciated, but getting the word out about Big Bend is what we're doing."

The organization is reaching out to college students in the area to volunteer and is searching for grants to keep it up and running.
The meeting revealed the club still has roughly $400,000 to go before its expenses are less than its revenue.

Sherlon Rogers sends her kids to the BGCBB after school program and says, "It would be good for the community to come out and help because it would not just helping my sons, it's also helping other kids around the community who don't have a place to go."

The program's mission is to inspire and enable young people to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens.

President of Jack and Jill of America Caneta Batchelor says, "I think any time you can prevent kids from ending up in the judiciary system, any time you can inspire a kid to continue their education, even complete high school, those are missions."

The program plans to have fundrasiers, like selling ties or sponsoring a child for $20 - throughout the year.

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