09.09.11

Vt. Boys & Girls Clubs To Receive $150,000 In Disaster Relief

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs Of America Pledge Support In Wake Of Recent Flooding

WASHINGTON (Friday, Sept. 9, 2011) – Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs will receive $150,000 in assistance from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help with relief efforts in the wake of devastating flooding in Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday.  

Boys & Girls Clubs in Vermont sustained heavy flood damage resulting from Hurricane Irene.  The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has pledged $50,000, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has pledged $100,000, to help rebuild and repair Clubs in Brattleboro, Rutland, and White River Junction.

“Towns across Vermont have seen devastating flooding following Hurricane Irene.  But Vermonters are coming together to rebuild, repair, and restore our communities,” said Leahy.  “I welcome the support of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America during this difficult time.  Their pledge of support will help Vermont’s Clubs rebuild after this devastating storm and continue their important work making a very real difference in the lives of young Vermonters.”

 

“It is my pleasure to let you know that the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will provide a grant of $50,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs in your state of Vermont to help defray the costs of the flood damage they are currently dealing with in Brattleboro, Rutland, White River Junction, and others as well, I’m sure,” Foundation President Steve Salem wrote in a letter to Leahy.  The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underserved youth across the country by supporting youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The funds set aside by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for Vermont Clubs will assist in facility repairs and equipment replacement.

Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs have played a critical role in supporting young people and deterring crime.  Vermont’s first Club was established in Burlington 68 years ago.  Since then, Boys and Girls Clubs have spread across the state, and now six Clubs operate in more than 20 locations throughout Vermont.  These clubs have supported nearly 14,000 children and young people in Vermont.

Leahy has consistently led efforts in Washington to ensure the continued support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, particularly in rural states like Vermont.  He has worked to secure over $10 million dollars for Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs since 1997. 

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