HUMBOLDT, TN., Jun 10, 2013 -- Residents in Humboldt epitomize the spirit of “The Volunteer State” through time and services they give to the construction of the new Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee. USDA Rural Development (RD) today announced federal funding to help finish the job.
RD State Director Bobby Goode, Humboldt Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Andrea Stewart and other local leaders announced a federal grant of $61,100 that will be used to bring the facility into compliance with state and federal accessibility requirements. The improvements will include constructing a lift to the second floor as well providing accessible parking and improve overall accessibility throughout the facility.
"Providing a safe place where children can go after school to continue learning and for physical activity is the cornerstone for a successful future," said Goode. "The Humboldt community has seen the advantages of having a Boys & Girls Club and will continue to reap the benefits for years to come."
The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee – Humboldt Club opened in August of 2011 and the attendance has steadily grown. The Club currently provides services to more than 105 children ranging from six to 13 years old. The Club building was donated by the First Christian Church of Humboldt and volunteers donated architectural services as well as other labor and skills. The Club features afterschool programs to tutor students and provides physical and team building exercises.
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Scott Golden, Humboldt Mayor Allen Barker, Connected Tennessee representative Deanna Ward, Tennessee ECD representative Janna Hellums, Humboldt Chamber Director Sherri McCarter, Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Tennessee Board of Directors and the RD Union City Area Office staff.
Rural Development community programs finance construction or improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, education, job training and first responder facilities. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet essential infrastructure needs.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.3 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
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