Raising Money for Augusta Youth Center

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

October 20, 2005
Help is on the way for the Augusta Youth Center. The Center serves as a second home for inner city students and a place they can get help on homework and stay off the streets. The Center is broke and on the verge of having to close their doors. But News 12, UPN Augusta and Radio One radio stations answered the call for help.

It’s critical that the Augusta Youth Center survives. It’s hard to think about what will happen without it.

“Crime is going to go up for one thing then we have a lot of children. I’m not sure if they are going to have food in the afternoon,” said Pat Jones, Augusta Youth Center Director.

Radio One Operations Manager and Program Director Ron Thomas heard the news and wanted to help.

“It’s the kids that’s most important to me because it’s the kids that will be determining my future,” Thomas said.

The Center has had to cut kids and staff from a Center that has become a second home for these kids could end up closing.

“We have food for the next two weeks but we are not able to pay anybody or anything,” Jones said.

“By donating today small or large as we keep the Augusta Youth Center open,” said Pastor King Cannon, Trumpet in Zion Fellowship.

News 12, UPN Augusta and Radio One stations asked for your donations.

“We greatly appreciate any change a dollar, five dollars, it does not matter how big or how small,” said Isis, Foxie 103.

“We need to pay our light bill, our gas bill, our water bill,” Jones said.

Currently with only $10 in the bank, each dollar adds hope. James Major owns a North Augusta Subway and he brought goodies and $100.

“It’s definitely a valuable asset to the community and we should do all we can to keep it up and coming,” Major said.

Family Y executives dropped by for a tour of the Center and to give a generous $500 donation.

“It’s the right thing to do helping kids is what we should all be about so whatever little part we can play this is the right thing to do,” said Andy McConnell, Family Y President.

Challenges went out the whole day.

“I am sending out a challenge to all the pastors in the city to please come and support and call it a ministry,” Cannon said.

“My challenge is I put in $100 to every radio program director in the area to beat it or match it they always say #1, be #1 on this,” Thomas said.

You can still make donations to the Augusta Youth Center by mailing checks to:
The Augusta Youth Center
302 Watkins Center
Augusta, GA 30813

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 newsroom@wrdw.com Fax: (803) 442-4561
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