Boys and Girls Clubs receive financial boost
Earlier this month, the province’s Boys and Girls Clubs received an early Christmas present, thanks to the government: $277,800 in core operational funding to support ongoing work.
In the Exploits region, the Botwood Boys and Girls Club and the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club in Buchans have no shortage of plans and programs earmarked to spend their windfalls on.
Botwood is receiving $10,000; the Buchans club gets $41,600.
Three of the clubs, including Buchans, Norris Arm (it received $17,000) and the Wabana and Boys and Girls Clubs were funded for the continuation of the Recognizing and Nurturing Talent (RANT) program.
“ What we’re doing will enable us to hire an extra staff person,” said Gary Noftle, executive director of the club in Buchans. “ Then we can increase our programming at the club, both in the lines of physical activity, arts and crafts and educational programs. We’re also expanding our programs for girls at the club.”
He added the funding will help the club look at long-term planning.
Mr. Noftle also complimented Susan Sullivan, MHA for Grand FallsWindsor-Buchans and the Minister for Human Resources, Labour and Employment, for making the grants possible.
Colleen Hayter, the executive director of the Botwood Boys and Girls Club, says the funding will be used to help support the facility’s programs.
“Unlike many of the other clubs in Canada, the Boys and Girls Club of Botwood does not charge a membership fee,” she said. “As such, these monies will be used to support many of the Club’s existing after school and evening programs. Supplies, human resource supports, and other operational costs will absorb the core funding.”
She said the grant will also help support the after school and evening programs like Drama, Girls Decide!, Homework Haven, Pool League and special weekend events.
“By supporting such programs the provincial government will contribute to the enhancement of our youths’ personal development, social and leadership skills,” she said.
Ms. Hayter said the provincial government appreciates the valuable work performed by the Boys and Girls Club staff and volunteers.
“ They understand monies are required to produce and implement opportunities for our youth. the government has clearly demonstrated their desire and interest to invest in today’s youth, which will ultimately be tomorrow’s leaders.”
As part of the many activities offered by the Botwood Boys and Girls Club, special guests sometimes arrived to liven up the day. This lion spent time outdoors with a group of young patrons, taking advantage of the weather.