Boys & Girls Clubs need more funding

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 9, 2009

JACKSON (AP) — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi says it needs to raise at least $500,000 over the next two months to keep three facilities open.

The group operates six clubs, serving 3,200 children ages 6 to 18 with an annual budget of about $2.2 million. But officials say three locations will close in May if the nonprofit isn’t able to secure more money. Two of those locations are in Jackson and one is in Bolton.

The clubs have survived on fundraisers and contributions from the government and various foundations. Billy Redd, president and chief executive for the nonprofit, says the group needs broad-based community support from individuals who can contribute in smaller amounts.

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