After School Program Doing All It Can to Keep Doors Open

By: Sam Provenzano Email
By: Sam Provenzano Email

The economic crisis doesn't discriminate.

Whether your a large company or a small one it seems to be taking everyone under.

Right now, the Boys and Girls Club program is doing everything they can to stay in business and give these kids the chance to be just that-- kids.

"We try to teach these kids no matter how hard things get... you can always overcome it as long as you keep the faith and keep moving on," said Amelia Miller, Unit Director for the Boy's and Girls Club of Bowling Green.

Keep moving on.

That's exactly what the Boys and Girls Club in Bowling Green is doing --despite their recent struggles.

"Donations as a whole have been down. It's even to the point where we are like nickeling and pennying everything we do just to keep the doors open," added Miller.

Gone are the days of pricey field trips...

"We don't have the funds it's not in our budget to do that right now at this moment," stated Miller.

Working hours have been cut...

"They are getting cut from anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half from their time," she said.

And despite the closing of Louisville's Boys and Girls Club they're still holding on.

"We're doing everything we can to keep doors open," said Miller.

Keeping those doors open for kids like Courtney, who has been playing basketball for a long time she says.

"I've been playing for half of my life" said Courtney Randolph.

But it's more than just a place for her to meet friends and play ball.

It's a place where she can, as she like to put it, "express herself."

"Say if I was mad or something at school, I can come here and talk to people about what I did and everything and I can tell them what happened," she added.

And even though times are tough for the staff and the program, they're dedicated.

"We still keep the same spirits to come in here because we know that we wanna try to make a difference in one of the child's lives," said Miller.

And it looks like they already have.

Courtney has some big dreams.

"I want to be a professional basketball player," added Courtney.

And she could be on her way.

If you'd like to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green you can stop by the club at:
531 West 11th
Bowling Green, KY 42101.


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