SAN BENITO — A community organization keeping kids off the streets in a positive environment is at risk for having to close their doors...
The kids happily play; they know nothing of the ongoing financial struggles the Boys and Girls Club is up against.
"Based on where we are right now, we probably have enough money to operate for about another 90 to 120 days," says Boys and Girls Club, Board President, Tommy Ramirez.
Ramirez says the club is on the verge of using up its last little bit of reserve money.
The budget ,used for paying the staff and paying the bills associated with running the building, has decreased year after year.
"It's down about 70 percent from what is used to be seven, eight, nine years ago as a result of massive continued reduction," says Ramirez.
That loss of funding has already forced major layoffs of staff, which Ramirez says has been difficult.
Right now, the goal is to figure out a way to increase revenue by about 60 to 65 thousand dollars, otherwise, they'll have no other choice but to shut down the Boys and Girls Club.
"In my opinion, if this place closes down, it’s going to be traumatic for these kids. They love coming here, they love to get the nurturing, the mentoring that they get here. I think they would be traumatized,” explains Ramirez.
Ramirez adds that it'll also likely put a financial hardship on parents as many rely on the club to watch over their kids while they're working. The cost for a yearly membership is only 25-dollars , the average cost of daycare for one child over the course of the year is easily over three thousand dollars.
"All we're asking is for the community, the city officials, the school district, to step up and find some way to help us keep this going," says Ramirez
On Tuesday a presentation will be made before San Benito City Council in hopes of brining attention and support to the financial struggles the Boys and Girls Club is facing.