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City of Binghamton announces Boys and Girls Club funding

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After the closure of the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome and changes to the Tioga County Club, the Boys and Girls Club on Clinton Street is getting thousands of dollars.

“As long as I’m mayor, I’m going to continue to make the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton, a priority, as I have from day one,” he said.

The mayor announced Tuesday that  four programs will be funded by the city’s community development block grant for 2020.

“Binghamton will continue to be proactive to ensure that this particular facility continues to be the shining star that it is with regards to non-profit organizations that serves hundreds and hundreds of the poorest children in the city of Binghamton,” said Mayor David.

$5,000 will be put toward building security upgrades, installing a security camera system.

$50,000 is coming to the after-hours program, which extends the club’s hours to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Another $20,000 will fund the teen center, offering homework help, tutoring, and job training.

Finally, $19,975 will cover membership fees for dozens of low-income youth for a nine-week structured program over the summer.

While the funding is specifically for the Binghamton club, staff say the doors are open to anyone in need.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re from here, or western Broome, or wherever. We will try and do whatever we can. It’s a huge challenge for all of us, and the best we can do is to say come on up, have a few programs, have dinner with us, and hopefully get them off the streets too.” said Executive Director Marybeth Smith.

Smith says this funding is a proactive way to help make sure the club is successful and open for generations to come.

“As long as I’m here, we’ll be here. We’ll find a way. We won’t give up,” she said. “It doesn’t even enter my mind that the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton won’t be here. We have to be here! We have members.”

Since 2014, the mayor’s office says the city has allocated more than $340,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton.

Annie Flaherty

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