The foundation Friday afternoon announced the award, “with appreciation for the importance of programming for our community’s youth.” The grant will “assist with operations as they strengthen their board and organization,” PATH said in a press release.
The foundation will make additional $25,000 available “for technical assistance and consulting” to the Boys & Girls Club.
“This is huge,” club Executive Director Lynn Richman Bell said in a phone interview from Dallas, where she and three board members have attended this week’s national convention at PATH’s expense. “We are thankful that they are confident in the progress we have made and our commitment to board reorganization and growth.”
As a condition of the grant, PATH will require the Boys & Girls Club to expand its board from 13 to 20 members.
“Our hope is that with the continued strengthening of the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, more families will take advantage of the organization’s resources to teach leadership, build confidence and develop character in the youth they serve,” PATH President/CEO Christy Connolly said.
The foundation staff has worked closely with the club to strengthen its policies and governance. The club launched a major reorganization more than two years ago.
“This is the final stretch to our capacity building efforts and is going to ensure sustainability and quality of programming into the future for Fauquier's kids,” Ms. Bell said. “We all full-heartedly agree that use development should be a collaborative community effort.
“The PATH Foundation has exemplified that philosophy completely.”
Ms. Connolly added: “As with all monies granted to area organizations, the PATH Foundation will have ongoing communication with the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier on their progress and offer assistance in reaching their goals.
“Childhood wellness is paramount to the PATH Foundation’s focus on improving the overall health and wellness of our community. With limited outlets available for after-school programming for middle school youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier offers valuable services to children during a vulnerable time in their development.”
The Boys & Girls Club board also has agreed to resolve its ongoing challenge of $1.4 million in debt for the building on Keith Street in Warrenton, according to Ms. Bell.
The organization will execute one of three options in coming months, she added.
“We’re going to do what we have to do for these kids,” Ms. Bell said.
The club serves about 400 children annually. Daily attendance at the clubs in Bealeton and Warrenton averages 160, she added.
Country Chevrolet owner Andy Budd recently has donated $10,000 a month as a matching grant to help the club stabilize and reorganize.