IMPERIAL VALLEY — The Imperial Valley Boys and Girls Club got a monetary shot in the arm Tuesday when the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved $5,000 to help hold the club over financially until its fall fundraising season begins.
The Holtville and Brawley communities have been generous in their support of the local youth club, but the financial foundation to keep the El Centro Club open failed to materialize and the branch had to close last spring.
Misty Lee, Interim Executive Director, said the annual membership cost per child is an affordable $25, but the actual cost per child is closer to $600.
“We rely on community support, grants, and fundraisers to make up that difference,” said Lee. “We aim to provide a world-class club experience that assures success to every person who walks through our doors.”
The 50-year-old organization provides educational, physical, and social interaction after school and during the summer. Lee said to continue the work and reach out to more children and families, the Boys and Girls Club needs the support of the greater Imperial Valley community – especially those in a position to give back.
“Your support in our club is an investment in our future – our towns, our Valley, and our nation,” Lee wrote in a letter to Supervisor Ryan Kelley (D-4).
Ralph Cordova, Imperial County CEO, wrote a letter to the board supporting the request, and pointed out how the operational costs of maintaining the clubs have significantly risen while maintaining the low enrollment fee is not sufficient for overhead. He suggested a sponsorship of $5,000 from the county’s Community Benefit Program to help offset expenses as requested from Supervisor Ray Castillo, (D-5).