YOUTH PROGRAMS AT SALVATION ARMY LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Eureka, CA- Donations are down for the local Salvation Army this year. The group’s efforts to help the community runs year round, and the down turn in funding could mean cuts to their youth programs.
The Salvation Army holds youth groups for kid’s k-12. Youth workers pick them up from school, and bring them back to their classroom where they tutor them, provide snacks, and take part in projects. Richard Clark, the Youth Coordinator at the Salvation Army said, "the kids come here and they have homework time, and sciences labs, and cooking, and building exercise, and games."
He said they get kids who have troubled home lives and some who have problems in school. Clark added, "They can just come here and be themselves. Forget about what's going on at home and just have fun with one another."
The salvation army helps over 100 kids a week, but if they don’t get the funding they need then programs could be cut. Clark said "if we don't have funding for programs like that unfortunately will have to go away."
Its not just movie time and snacks, the youth workers here teach kids the importance of giving back. Leo Gonzalez, a youth worker at the Salvation Army said, "the thing that's really exciting about the youth group here is that they really love doing outreach. They really love reaching out to the homeless."
Giving back to community that gives to them. Gonzalez added, "When we have people who are investing in you we want you to also invest in other people."
Tomorrow night starting at 5pm the Salvation Army will be holding a fundraiser at the Applebee’s in Eureka. Just stop by the Salvation Army office and pick up a voucher and 15 percent of your check will be donated.