Sometimes, good things really do happen to good people.
The good folks who run the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties certainly are shining examples of that.
The Goodwill Community Foundation recently donated $140,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs to pay off the accumulated debt that had been hanging over the nonprofit organization.
When Boys & Girls Clubs Chief Professional Officer Ron Green took the helm of the community group that provides so many worthwhile programs and services for children across the Twin Counties, he found an organization saddled in debt that had built up during the years of the Great Recession.
Donations faltered during the down economy, as many who faithfully supported community organizations found themselves without jobs and needing the same type of hand up they had once extended. Those who were fortunate enough to keep their jobs found their paychecks squeezed just to make ends meet. Government revenues fell, reducing grant allocations that supported groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs. And at the same time, like most community service organizations, the Boys & Girls Clubs found itself facing increased needs as the Great Recession took its toll.
Goodwill Community Foundation President Dennis McLain said his organization had supported other Boys & Girls Clubs, so the foundation sent a financial team to review the local Boys & Girls Clubs’ finances. By paying off the debt, the foundation has solidified the future of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash.Edgecombe Counties and freed it to expand its good work.