An after school program for elementary school children in Daleville is what Joel Adams is striving to make a reality.
He is among those working with the Eufaula Boys and Girls Club to bring a Boys and Girls Club to Daleville. Others on the steering committee are April Spencer, Misty Wofford, Daleville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps and Daleville City Clerk Angelia Filmore.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a national organization comprised of local chapters that provide after-school programs for young people. “It’s more than a daycare,” Adams said. “It’s a structured academic program.
After contacting the national office, Adams contacted the 300-member Eufaula Boys and Girls Club program. He said that he and Stamps visited the Eufaula program directors. “They agreed to sponsor us and here we are,” he said about the club he hopes to open by summer.
The city authorized Adams to use the old Scout building on Donnell Boulevard in Daleville for the proposed Boys and Girls Club. The next step is to raise $20,000.
There is a lot of work to be done on the former Scout hut and Adams said he will be seeking volunteers for a community work day. “I’m in uncharted waters. This is my first time ever knocking on so many doors asking for help.”
The fundraising effort kicked off with a Spaghetti Dinner held at the old Scout hut Feb. 7. A second fundraiser was a Magic Show Feb. 22 at the Daleville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6020 on Highway 84 in Daleville.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and 35 pre-ordered slabs of ribs were cooked on a “backyard grill on steroids” borrowed from Chopper’s Ol’ School BBQ at the BGC building on Daleville Avenue May 8. Aero Real Estate helped co-sponsor the fundraiser which was operated as a “socially-distanced, curbside pickup” sack lunch.
“We’re excited to be selling Giving Bean Coffee and Artisan Teas as a fundraiser,” Adams said about the newest fundraising effort. “We figure that just about everyone enjoys a great cup of coffee or tea and to ensure that everyone stays safe during this time we are holding this fundraiser online.” Adams can be contacted at (334) 494-5182 for more information.
“Many people have asked about BGC T-shirts that we team with Titan Magic in Daleville to produce T-shirts that will be sold with a portion of the proceeds going to support our club,” Adams added.
“As we attempt to get our club started, we are writing grants and seeking financial support from our community, businesses and interested citizens,” Adams said. Those interested in making a donation towards the start-up cost are asked to contact Filmore at the Daleville City Hall.
“Something that I have attempted to do with this endeavor from the beginning is to get everybody in all aspects of the city involved,” he said. “I want us all to work together because ultimately this is about our children.”