The Upper Rogue Community Center is aiming to put together such a plan for its Youth Program. Per volunteer Ed Mayer, with the failure of the Boys and Girls Club the URCC wants to be very careful while building the URCC program so the kids don’t once again “Have the rug pulled out from under them.” when it comes to youth activities. Toward the goal of building a thing from a firm foundation the URCC is currently solidifying a steering committee of volunteers to run the program. Additionally they are forging strong partnerships, having met with the entire staff of Shady Cove School and working with the PTA to prevent activity overlap.
Additionally surveys will be sent home with students so parents and kids can advise the center which types of activities they will be most likely to participate in (surprisingly early results show that lots of kids are interested in cooking classes). The upshot is the center wants a program that will last and will be designed around the actual needs and desires of the kids.
Fundraising is happening now and donations can be made to the URCC at any time. So far the center has approximately $8000 in the special Youth Program account. Recall, when you donate you can specify precisely where your donation dollars will go; as an example, if you think hunter safety is key for the program – your dollars will go toward that activity only.
Volunteers and the steering committee when up and running will keep in close contact with those who have shown an interest in volunteering their time and talent, but inquiries on progress can always be made at the Community Center itself. Everyone is super eager for activities to begin, but have also learned that a solid program will require detailed pre-planning to ensure long term success.
For information or to volunteer contact Ed Mayer at 541-878-1486 or Edwinmayer@gmail.com
By Christy Pitto
Of the Independent