Club provides safe place after school
by Samantha White
During the Community Response Team meeting on Wednesday, March 5, Fred Flippence presented the Kids Club of Harney County with a $1,000 bonus grant on behalf of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF).
The bonus is in addition to the three-year grant that the Kids Club is already receiving from OCF to help fund programs for local youth.
“The Kids Club has become a leader in the community for youth issues,” Flippence said, explaining OCF’s decision to continue providing financial support.
About the Kids Club
The club was originally established as the Boys & Girls Club of Harney County by a group of volunteers in 2001. However, when organizers decided to branch out on their own in 2008, the Kids Club of Harney County was created.
According to its website, Kids Club of Harney County provides “a safe and enjoyable place for children aged 6 to 17 to come after school.”
The club is open on school days (Monday through Thursday) from 3:20-6 p.m. It is also open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
In addition to providing healthy snacks, the club offers programs such as bully prevention, self esteem for girls, monthly cooking and nutrition classes, weekly arts and craft projects, and outdoor-play activities.
According to its website, OCF is a permanent endowment for community-improvement efforts throughout the state of Oregon.
Flippence explained that money donated to the foundation is distributed via grants and scholarships.
OCF founder, William Swindells, started the foundation with a $63,000 contribution in 1973. Today, OCF has more than $1.4 billion under management, and more than $66 million in grants and scholarships were distributed in 2012.