Many Summer Programs For Kids And Teens Full, Boys And Girls Club Seeks Volunteers 6/7/13
CBS 7 News
June 7, 2013
The playground may look empty now, but next week hundreds will descend on the boys and girls club across the basin for summer programs.
Officials say hundreds are on the waiting list and they just can't keep up with demand..
"When I talk to parents they are just desperate to find somewhere for their kids this summer, said David Chancellor, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club Midland/Odessa.
From basketball to video games and even old-fashioned table games, Boys and Girls Club gives hundreds of kids a supervised place to hang out.
But a huge waiting list is keeping many out.
"Our waiting list is approaching 100 kids at three of our centers," said Chancellor.
With nearly 1,000 kids signed up for summer programs, Chancellor says it keeps them out of trouble.
"You give kids an alternative, if they are wandering the neighborhood they can get in trouble, Chancellor said.
Its also one of the cheapest summer programs around--just $35 a year for a child to participate. They are in need of volunteers to help keep costs down with high demand.
"Don't hold back, ya'll come out here and support your community. These kids, they're wonderful children, said Mari Lerma, unit director at the Boys and Girls Club Midland/Odessa.
Chancellor says they are also looking at building two new centers to meet demand.
You can make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Permian Basin online at their website at this link.
To volunteer this summer, please contact Mari Lerma or David Chancellor at 432-337-8389.