Local foundation offers hope to Boys & Girls Club

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Boys and Girls Club in White County continues to grow daily.

When it opened in January, there were around 40 members. Advisory Board Vice President Dan Fry said they now have more than 300 members.

“Yeah, we get new memberships everyday,” said Fry. “One day you’ll see one child, the next day their friends are here. The next day after that their friends are here.”

Advisory Board President Jennifer Ousley said she is thrilled about the growth, but the board had some concerns.

“We had anxiety because our budget is actually increasing quite a bit,” said Ousley. “Especially with the increase of all our members.”

Ousley said the advisory board’s worries faded away when a member from the White County Community Foundation joined a recent board meeting. She said the foundation is matching the donations the club raises up to $20,000 between now and August 15.

“There were some tears,” said Ousley. “We were very excited, (even) some hugging.”

White County Community Foundation Executive Director Leslie Goss said it’s a challenge grant. She said the foundation is all about building a stronger community.

“If we can look at these young children, and even older children mentoring the younger children — when they become invested in themselves, in each other and a community — that’s a wonderful forecast for the future,” said Goss.

Ousley said the White County Boys and Girls club has already raised about $2,000. They hope to raise as much as possible by August 15 with the community’s help.

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