Several children are taking advantage of transportation that begins Monday between the Salvation Army’s closed Boys and Girls Clubs and a facility run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.
It’s been over a week since the Salvation Army closed all four of its Louisville Boys and Girls Clubs due to rising costs and diminished income. Kentuckiana has since begun a 60-day $500,000 campaign to reopen three of the closed faculties, seeking both individual donations and large corporate investments. It’s raised around $175,000 so far.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana has now scheduled two after-school pick-ups at the Salvation Army’s Portland and Parkland clubs, said Jennifer Helgeson, president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.
“We have two individuals that are going to be going out both Parkland and the Portland club locations. We will make two pick up stops, one at 3:00, one at 4:30 to try to get a majority of the kids getting off the buses,” she said.
The kids will be transported to the Shawnee club location and will participate in the clubs activities.
“They will stay and have dinner and be able to able to finish homework and have some fun physical activity time and then we will transport them back to the Portland and Parkland clubs at 7:15,” said Helgeson.
This transportation service will continue indefinitely, she said.