KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo is asking for donations to help build a new headquarters.
The 30,000 square foot facility will be built on Portage Street near Vine Street in Kalamazoo. The club has been operating out of the former Edison Elementary, but the district now plans to demolish that building.
Club leaders announced Thursday they have raised $5.4 million of the $9 million price tag. They are asking the community to help close the gap.
“This is an opportunity for us as a community to give our very best to young people,” Matt Lyn, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo said. “Young people too often times will get the things that are leftovers, instead of putting forth our very best. That is what we are asking the community to do, to believe that these young people deserve nothing less than that.”
The club says any contribution helps.
“Notice what impact it has on the community,” volunteer Damarion Johnson said. “Whether your gift is small or big, it doesn’t matter. It would be a generous offer to be able to contribute towards something.”