Bluefield Daily Telegraph
We are blessed to live in a community with a history of coming together for a worthy cause. The latest recipient of this spirit of benevolence is Bluefield’s Wade Center.
The campaign to raise $81,000 to help keep the doors open at the Wade Center has gone over the top. In fact, donations currently stand at $86,000 — thanks to a $10,000 contribution from Grant’s Supermarket that helped the campaign to exceed its goal.
In order to satisfy licensing requirements from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Wade Center had to raise $81,000 over a short-three month period or face possible closure. The community responded to the Wade Center’s plea for help in an impressive fashion.
As a result of this outpouring of support, the doors to the Wade Center, an invaluable resource for area families and youth in the greater Bluefield area through its after-school programs and various other services, will now remain open. And children should be back on the school grounds by mid month.
Jessica McDaniel, executive director of the Wade Center, said the campaign had reached the $71,000 mark before going over the top with the $10,000 donation from Grant’s Supermarket.
“We are now at $86,000 because more donations have continued to roll in,” McDaniel said. “This will give us a cushion as we go into the first three months. It is so great. I would say the best thing is seeing how much the community cares. People not only sent in money but nice notes, smiley faces and prayers for us. Those were such a boost to us.”
The plan is to have the doors to the Wade Center opened on Oct. 15. A final DHHR inspection was scheduled for completion on Wednesday, and the center is now taking applications for both students and teachers.
McDaniel says the center will continue raising funds to help make the program self-sufficient.
Keeping the Wade Center open, and the after-school program in operation, is important to families across the region. The program is designed to help children and teens grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. The programs at the Wade Center also give kids a chance to interact with role models and mentors who teach healthy living, peaceful conflict resolution, good decision making, goal-oriented behavior and more.
We congratulate the Wade Center on reaching its campaign goal, and look forward to seeing students back at the old school participating in the important after-school programs. And we applaud our community for coming together in support of this all-important campaign.