Tough Times For Boys & Girls Club

The recession is taking a toll on a popular civic service organization here in the east.

The Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina is the latest organization to feel the pressure of a poor economy.

The organization is forced to look to its members for more money.

Executive Director for the three clubs in Carteret County, Leisa Smith Barefoot, says they have lost over $100,000 in the past year, mainly due to a loss of grants from the government.

The club's financial woes have forced them to close the doors on the Beaufort club for the summer, and Havelock club members will have to pay for the costs of the after school program, which can run about $50.00 a week.

Barefoot says the club has endured a hiring freeze and slashed administrative salaries, but still needs the help of its members.

Barefoot says it could all go back to normal if the club receives its expected stimulus money from the government. That announcement will come in the beginning of August.

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  • by Jeff on Jul 15, 2009 at 04:28 AM
    I think parents should pay for the privilage of having their children attend events at the Boys and Girls club. This should not be a taxpayer or government funded organization. Neither should the Boys or Girls Scouts in my opinion.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    Amazingly there is a new one under construction in Ayden right now.

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