Cutting the Club
On Monday, parents were told the after-school program at the Boys & Girls club in South East Gainesville, is coming to an end on February 1st.
Keith Blanchard, Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County President said Friday, the non-profit organization is strapped for cash.
"All of our major fundraisers have been down, 40- 50 percent.. our local funding has been reduced dramatically" said Blanchard.
"We're all a little taken aback by one, the short period of time to see if there is something we can do," said Erica Roberts, a parent volunteer at the Southeast Center.
"We looked at the number of kids we were serving each day, and the size of the facility that we were operating and it just didn't make sense financially to run a center that large, and staff it with that many people.." said Blanchard.
The girl scout troop there will also end.
Blanchard said kids can still get scholarships at the Boys & Girls Club in Sugar Hill, and there is also a smaller satellite location that will be set up nearby.
The South East facility will remain open following February 1st. They have a grant that only can be used for renovations to the gym, and the building will be available for other community organizations.
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