Ten-year-old Zaraeiah Lillard said she likes working on art after school at the Boys & Girls Club and working on the computers.
“They’re really helpful here,” she said of the staff.
Nyla McGuire, 9, and Charmaya Nash, 10, also said they like to use the computers and go to the gym and play when at the club after school.
“I like doing flips,” McGuire said.
To help children to continue to succeed in school and beyond, such as Lillard, McGuire and Nash, the Boys & Girls Club of Danville is seeking the public’s help again with its annual fundraiser, “It Just Takes One” campaign.
It’s a special year for the Boys & Girls Club of Danville, which also has increased its annual fundraising goal this year. The club is celebrating its 25th year this year. The club was started in Danville in 1989.
A special event to celebrate is being planned for later this year.
Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Rob Gifford said the club benefits the whole community, not just the youth members.
Gifford said a new business could come to the city in the future due to efforts of a former Boys & Girls Club member. The career opportunities are endless for the dreaming members.
Gifford said the club’s budget for 2014 is $375,000 and the club’s One Campaign goal for this year is $125,000 which is $25,000 more than last year’s goal.
The club’s budget last year was $330,000. That amount was down from the previous year. Due to a funding shortage, two program assistant positions were cut in 2012.
Expenses have increased and to be able to be of service to more youth in the community, the club will need to add more staff as well, according to Gifford. The club also is looking to add more volunteers.