Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 5, 2014

Wade Center: Summer camp program important

— — The upcoming summer camp planned at the Wade Center in Bluefield is of particular importance. The summer camp program will serve more than 100 area children with a combined curriculum of academics, fun extracurricular activities and faith-based programming for youngsters complete with breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks.

But in order to continue this important summer program, help is urgently needed from the community. Jessica McDaniel, executive director of the Wade Center, is hoping a thousand people will be willing to step up and donate just $27 a month. That in return would ensure not only a continuation of the vital summer youth programs, but also help with offsetting the cost of yearly operating expenses at the Wade Center. This will also allow the Wade Center staff to continue providing food, homework help, extracurricular activities and other programs for children in the community who need it the most.

McDaniel says the Wade Center is currently in a “critical state” as it relates to funding. And without help from the community, it will be difficult to proceed with the summer camp, and other related programs. The Wade Center also is hoping to once again host mission teams from around the country this summer.

McDaniel says the Wade Center is working to become self-sufficient, and that is important. In addition to the use of Neighborhood Investment Program tax credits, which are offered to those individuals and businesses who are willing to make a donation of $500 or more, the staff and volunteers also are working to open up a thrift store at the Wade Center.

Once up and running, the thrift store is expected to provide a regular source of revenue for the Wade Center to help with covering normal operating expenses.

But until that happens, help is still needed from the community. And it is important for the summer camp program to proceed as scheduled on June 23. If you can help the Wade Center, please consider doing so.

Donations can be made to the Wade Center, P.O. Box 777, Bluefield, W.Va., 24701  Area residents can also contact the Wade Center at (304)-323-3777.

We believe the Wade Center is an invaluable resource for area families and youth in the greater Bluefield area through its after-school programs and various other services. And it is critical for the summer camp, as well as the after-school programs in the fall, to continue.

 

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