Non-Profits Keep Up With Population Increase in Children 9/2/13
CBS 7 News
September 2, 2013
The non-profits, which help our children, are feeling the strain of too many people and not enough resources.
“Definitely our summer is the busiest we've had in our memory,” said David Chancellor with The Boys and Girls Club of the Permian Basin.
He says they've had a record summer and they are trying to keep up with the school year.
“Really all over the nation and even out of country,” he said.
Chancellor says they are there to be role models and counselors to the students who walk through their doors but it’s getting tougher as the child count multiplies.
The club is even looking into expanding to the north side of Odessa and possibly another location in Midland.
“When you have more kids you don't necessarily have more revenue
and you need more staff” he said, “Staff is hard to get right now with the oilfield competition and we can’t always meet the rates we need to get the best employees.”
He says the main issue they're seeing is transportation. As parents go into the workforce taking their child from school to the club is a harder task.
On the other hand, he says with a growing economy he is seeing more sponsors as well.
“The economy is strong and we have so many generous people helping us meet those needs” he said.
But Chancellor says when your a non-profit keeping up with a growing need there is no such thing as too much help on anyone’s part.