By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – The Houston Boys & Girls Club hopes a recent gift will prime the pump for others in the community to step up and consider a donation.
The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation awarded the Houston Boys & Girls Club a gift of $40,000 last week and in his presentation, Carpenter Co. Division Manager Al Servati said he hopes other businesses and industry in Chickasaw County will see the value of the local organization.
“We have watched the Houston Boys & Girls Club be very effective in this community and feel they have been very successful,” said Servati. “We are glad to make this gift and be part of their success.”
Over the past 20 years, the Carpenter Foundation has given more than $7 million to groups and organizations across Northeast Mississippi.
Zell Long, chief professional officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, based in Tupelo, said this donation will be earmarked for operations and programs.
“We have facility needs and would like to see improvements to our game room,” said Long. “We also need computers to help our students with after school programs and to help manage our office.”
Long said Houston has more than 100 kids registered at the local club. She said they have an average daily attendance of roughly 60 to 70 kids.
Boys & Girls Clubs are open to kids between the ages of 6 and 18. The Houston club is known for its summer program that serves about 50 kids on a daily basis. The club’s after-school program is much larger.
The Carpenter Co. has a foam manufacturing facility in Verona. The Carpenter Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in several of the communities where the company has plants.
The Boys & Girls Club is a national organization focused on the development of children and youth through character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, health, fitness and recreation.