EDITORIAL: A branch deal for Wallingford’s Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club

EDITORIAL: A branch deal for Wallingford’s Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club



For more than half a century, the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club in Wallingford has given local youth a safe and nurturing place to congregate away from school and home.

According to its mission statement, the club aims “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Now, the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club is looking to impact even more youngsters in a positive way. The club is in negotiations to lease space for a new branch at Hope Christian Church in North Haven.

The church is located at 211 Montowese Ave., not far from Montowese Elementary School and the intersection with Route 17.

The club would be leasing about 7,000 square feet in the church’s lower level, including the large fellowship hall, kitchen, bathrooms, about three classrooms and an office space. The space can accommodate up to 100 kids.

While the building seems to be a great fit for the proposed branch, bringing Boys & Girls Club programs to North Haven comes with a substantial price tag. The group estimates $150,000 will be needed each year to do so. So along with finalizing a lease, the steering committee for the new branch is also focused on planning fundraisers.

Meanwhile, the church is hoping to get corporate and individual sponsors on board.

North Haven’s Paul Mitchell The School has already made a commitment to donate a media center, which would be similar to the one the school donated to the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club of Wallingford in September.

The plan for the North Haven branch is to offer after-school care to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Before-school care and a summer camp are being considered.

“There is a need in the community and we’re trying to fill it,” said Erik Scaranuzzo, chairman of a steering committee. “We want to see kids have a good, constructive after-school program.”

If the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club in Wallingford is any indication, the children of North Haven would benefit greatly from this addition to town.

We hope the branch deal gets done.

 


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