December 10, 2018
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Augusta area youth organization receives van donation

Community Author: Heather Van Dyne
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AUGUSTA — An Augusta area organization that focuses on building skills and future success in our local community’s youth received a significant donation to help further its mission today.

Augusta Boys & Girls Club for Teens received a custom-wrapped Ford E-350 15-passenger van from Darling’s Auto Group.  The organization plans to use the van to help transport youth to and from their after-school programs, on field trips and other outings, and to help make sure all area youth have access to the center.

“It has been a challenge working with teens without transportation, but this opens up all these opportunities for our kids,” said Charles Huerth, Program Director at the Augusta Boys & Girls Club.  “We want to help each of them learn more, explore more, and build better futures.”

Since 2000, the Augusta Boys & Girls Club for Teens’ mission has been to “inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as healthy, productive, responsible, and caring citizens.”  The organization offers a variety of programs to area youth, including after-school programming, Diversion to Assets programs, alternatives to suspension, and restorative justice.

The club runs with a very small staff and a loyal group of volunteers, who rely heavily on their own vehicles to provide transportation to and from the center and to other events.  In the past, programming such as field trips and other small outings have been missed, due to a lack of adequate transportation.

“This will empower the Boys & Girls Club to do a lot more with the kids that they serve,” said Lance Quinn, General Manager at Darling’s Augusta.  “We’re excited to be able to help them with this, and this will fill a huge need for their organization.”

For more information about the Augusta Boys & Girls Club, visit www.augustaboysandgirlsclub.com or find them on Facebook.  For more information about Darling’s Auto Group, visit www.darlings.com.