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The New Albany Boys and Girls Club has asked for increased government support for its budget.
The club has asked the Union County Board of Supervisors for $10,000 in public money to help fund its operations.
Danny Jordan, board chairman, said the county has not helped fund the club in the past.
The request was made by Zell Long, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi, and by Pam Brown, a local insurance agent who is active with fundraising for the New Albany Club.
“For the club to really thrive and be sustainable, we need community support and we are asking the board to support us,” Long said.
He told the board the club is not a babysitting service, but an after-school program that helps students with homework, life skills, community service and other activities.
Brown stressed that 70 percent of the New Albany club members come from single-parent homes and need the stability that the club provides.
The City of New Albany has made an annual contribution to help support the club, Mayor Tim Kent said. This year the amount is $2,500.
We certainly agree with Long and Brown that the club is an important part of the fabric of our community. We also think it is unfortunate that raising private money is so difficult in our community that a number of worthwhile groups have to turn to the government for help.
Perhaps the county can consider at least matching the city’s contribution in the coming budget year.
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