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State funding pushes Boys and Girls Club forward

The Boys and Girls Club of Portland Metro received a big boost from the state last week with the passing of a $1 million bond dedicated to building of the club’s new facility in Rockwood.

With the additional support of $300,000 from The Collins Foundation and $100,000 from OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club is nearing the halfway point of a $9 million campaign designed to build and maintain the new facility and provide operational funding for the organization.

The Boys and Girls Club also recently received a $300,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust. The money will go to ensuring sustainable growth for the organization.

“We continue to be humbled by the generous support of so many,” said Erin Hubert, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club. “This funding is a strong validation of the need in this special community and speaks loudly to the children and families living in Rockwood that they are a priority.”

With the arrival of Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the Children and Open Meadow School, the Rockwood community is riding a rising tide of social services.

“In the law enforcement and education communities, we know that the most effective programs in promoting positive life-outcomes for youths are administered in their community,” said Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham. “This bond funding is a transformational investment in this community.”

The new Boys and Girls Club is being built on the site of the former Drake’s 7 Dees nursery business, located at the corner of Southeast 165th Avenue and Stark Street.

It will be a 30,000-square-foot building, occupying 1.7 acres of a 4-acre plot. Additional land on the site will be used to create a campus for Open Meadow School and an early childhood service provider, creating a campus of services for families. The Boys and Girls Club plans to break ground on the new club this fall and open in the fall of 2016.


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