March 30, 2006

Anonymous Donor Gives $7,000 To ‘The Place’

Scotland County is known for its rich heritage of down home people pulling together for the betterment of all the community. This is why the youth of Scotland County are coming to the community in search of help.

“The Place” has been generously offered a cash donation of $7,000 from an anonymous donor if the youth center can raise a matching amount by September 1, 2006.

“This is where we need the help and support of our community,” said Sheila Moseley, a long-time proponent of the organization.

“The Place” is located on the southeast corner of the Memphis Square. The youth center has been under renovation for the past two years with a great deal of hard labor and love from the area youth and concerned adults.

“The Place” started out as the old Modern Apartments. After a great deal of work gutting out the entire two floors, salvaged wood has been changed into new walls and two wide open floor plans are in place.

Area youth and adults have been able to do all the work themselves. Donations of some supplies, along with cash and fund-raisers have helped to purchase other items used so far in the process.

“We envision “The Place” to be a youth center where youth can come for homework help, tutoring and supervised Internet use as well as game tables and activities to enjoy with their friends,” state Moseley. “We not only envision this dream for the youth, but “The Place” will also be able to help area adults with Internet, educational activities and classes, as well as a community meeting center for various clubs and organizations.”

The facility is in need of a new roof to protect what has already been accomplished. In addition there is still a need for heating and air-conditioning, as well as ceiling and plumbing work that is still left to be done.

“The youth have put forth a great fight through fund-raisers and labor donation, and continue to do so,” said Beverly Talbert another of the center’s proponents.” However, our efforts alone are not quite enough. We need your help.”

Youth will be out collecting donations on a personal basis. Boosters have also suggest that challenges be issued to others such as 4-H groups, church groups, sorority groups, businesses, etc. in matching a certain amount.

Individuals that are not contacted by one of these fund-raisers, can get in touch with one of the following: Joe Miller at 945-3028; Beverly Talbert at Community Action at 465-8558 or Sheila Moseley in Granger at 945-3731.

“Please help to make this youth/community center a reality and generously give when asked,” Moseley said. “Your help and support are greatly appreciated.”

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