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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Councilwoman Newbille Share News of Club Renovation

On Tuesday, July 21, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club welcomed Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, of the 7th voter district, to meet with nearby residents of the Club and share the news of the renovation project to begin at the Club in the fall of 2015.

The proposed renovation will add 7,000 square feet onto to the facility, allowing for enhanced programming for members but also allow for extended hours and programming to serve all members of the community. All parts of the Club will receive upgrades, computers, fitness equipment, HVAC, kitchen to be renovated, aquatics center upgrade and locker rooms redone. post_plan7.21.15

The first phase of renovation will include upgrading the aquatics center. Replacing the pool and mechanicals to make operable year-round, expand locker rooms, renovate kitchen and upgrade HVAC.

The renovation to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is expected to bring programming and possibilities for youth members but also for their families and our community.

Construction on phase one of the three phase project will begin in the fall and conclude in time for the aquatics center to be open for summer camp in 2016.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will celebrate the Club’s 60th Anniversary of investing in futures beginning with an open house at 4:00 PM and program beginning at 5:00 PM.

For 60 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been investing in the futures of Richmond’s youth and developing them into caring, intelligent, compassionate adults rooted in family and community. At Tuesday’s event, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will also announce it’s commitment to improving the Club’s aquatic center for the benefit of Club members and the East End community.

“We’re looking so forward to gathering with friends and supporters on Tuesday to thank them for their support over the past 60 years,” said Hugh Jones, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “The past 60 years have set a great foundation for us to work with youth, and the community, through the years ahead.”

Confirmed attendees for Tuesday’s event include Richmond’s Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dana Bedden, Richmond School Board Chair and Club Alum, Don Coleman, and Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille of Richmond’s East End 7th District.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Working with Renew Richmond on Community Garden

On Saturday, September 6 beginning at 9:00AM, members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will work with a group from Renew Richmond to develop and urban garden on the Club’s property of 3701 R Street in Church Hill that will grow fruit and vegetables for the community and provide programming for area residents.

The design for the garden was developed by Renew Richmond, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities to cultivate healthier lifestyles through nutrition and agricultural education.

“Our goal is to create a garden learning program which all projects and participants radiate outward into the local community,” said Renew Richmond’s Director John Lewis in a letter. “Renew Richmond is excited about the possibilities of working with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and neighboring community, to create an urban garden that will provide fresh, healthy, locally grown fruit, vegetables and information on sustainable living to the community of Richmond.”

The garden, at its peak, is intended to be cared for and nurtured by community members and serve as a gathering place for those in the area of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to participate in and learn about healthy and sustainable living.

“This partnership is just another example of the exciting things going on at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club,” said Hugh Jones, the Club’s Executive Director. “John has been great to work with and is passionate about bring this program to our neighborhood and as an organization who invests in futures, we owe to our members and community to offer this.”

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of The Salvation Army’s relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and operation of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Church Hill. An event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Club will be held on Tuesday, September 30 beginning with an open house at 4:00PM and brief program at 5:00 PM. Visit Celebrating60.SalvationArmyCentralVA.org to learn more.

About Renew Richmond
Renew Richmond is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities to cultivate healthier lifestyles through nutrition and agricultural education. While Renew Richmond’s programs serve individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds, their primary focus low-income populations with increased statistical risk for nutrition related health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and chronic obesity.