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Renovation project underway at Boys and Girls Club Teen Center in Eureka

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EUREKA- The Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods Teen Center in Eureka is being renovated thanks to community donations.

The Teen Center is a facility that provides after school and summer programs for middle school and high school students. Originally built to house trolley cars, the building is deteriorating in certain parts and there is no insulation. Eureka Rotary Club President Greg Gardiner made renovating the Teen Center the club’s project of the year. Five other rotary clubs in the area pledged support, and Redwood Teen Challenge and the Humboldt Builders’ Exchange are providing free labor. Various businesses have provided donations for the project as well, which is expected to be complete in eight months. Boys and Girls Club officials hope not to close any aspects of the program during the project.

"I think for the teens to know that there are folks investing in a center that they enjoy coming to is huge.  So making it safer, so having a roof that doesn't leak, making it warmer, so having a facility that has a working heating system so they can't see their breath when they're talking to each other in the winter, having rooms that are more flexible so there are various programs that can happen I think is certainly important to them," said Liz Smith, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods.

To learn how you can get involved in the renovation project, call Liz Smith at (707) 441-1030.