Boys and Girls Club of San Benito seeks donations and continued support

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“We help the kids with their homework,” said Boys and Girls Club of San Benito Director Veronica Rodgers. “They have to finish their homework before they can participate in any other activities. We do arts and crafts, we’ve got a book club. We’ve got a fully functioning technology lab.”

It’s obvious from Rodgers words that the Boys and Girls Club of San Benito is probably the most popular, and positive, neighborhood hangout for local kids in San Benito.

“For our after school program, we get anywhere from 70 to 80 kids a day,” said Boys and Girls Club of San Benito Director Veronica Rodgers.

That might seem like a lot of kids to handle throughout the day, but the Boys and Girls Club of San Benito actually has the capacity to serve 11,000 students.

“So we have the potential to serve way more than 70 to 80 kids a day,” said Rodgers. “But with budget cuts and grants that we no longer qualify for, and not having consistent donors and sponsors, and not having a lot of city help, it kind of holds our numbers back.”

In fact, Rodgers is the only full-time employee and works among a staff of only three other people, including the occasional volunteer help.

Rodgers says no matter how crucial the need for funding gets, she refuses to let the Boys and Girls Club of San Benito dwindle away.

“If we don’t get enough funding, I have to say that I’m not going to accept that. It’s not something that we’re going to let happen even if it’s getting day-to-day expenses,” said Rodgers.

Officials form the Boys and Girls Club are hoping for donations to get the place back on its feet and live up to its mission.

“We try to do everything fun with a purpose, that’s our main goal,” said Rodgers.

 

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