Boys & Girls Club ups fund goal by $25,000

Boys & Girls Club ups fund goal by $25,000

DANVILLE — Boys & Girls Club of Danville officials are hoping to raise $125,000 during their It Just Takes One campaign.

Executive Director Rob Gifford said the goal was increased $25,000 over last year's to help offset rising expenses and serve more youth.

Gifford said the club, at 850 N. Griffin St. in Danville's Garfield Park, has added more than 55 members in the last six weeks, bringing the total number of regular attendees to 160.

"We have room to grow," he said.

He's looking at beefing up staff as well as volunteers.

The campaign is one of the main sources of revenue for the youth organization, which has budget of $370,000 this year.

"Private donations are a large part of what helps us to run our programs and keep reaching out to youth in our community," he said. "With the community's help, we've been able to position ourselves in a more positive direction and that enables us to provide our life-enhancing programs and services to more youth."

The club's programs focus on the arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, and sports, fitness and recreation.

Even though school's almost out, Gifford said adults will continue to work with members on their academics this summer in the Power Ahead program, which aligns with the Danville school district's summer-school curriculum. Members start out reviewing material they learned this year and get a jump start on information and skills they will learn next year.

Gifford said the club also launched Power Prep, a one-on-one tutoring program that helps members with reading, math and other subjects for at least 45 minutes twice a week.

"We not only help members meet academic benchmarks but also improve their self-esteem and behavior," Gifford said.

For information about the club and volunteer opportunities, call Gifford at 446-4315.

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