TROY — Now that school’s out, The Clubhouse is ready to make the most of every day following the local, free summer lunches. The Clubhouse is a no-cost program that provides teens with the opportunity to operate an after school and summer day care for youth with limited opportunities. The Rotarians hosted representatives from the program during their May 31 weekly meeting.
Twenty-five-year Clubhouse veteran, Cheryl Bender, along with teen interns, Jessica and Leah Biller, shared details on this remarkable service available to the youth in Miami County. Children enrolled in the program may be disadvantaged due to poverty or family issues such as medical problems, divorce or adoption. The children receive homework assistance and physical exercise, along with nondenominational bible study. The program offers the use of laundry facilities if needed and, twice a year, the children go for dental exams. For those who pursue education after high school graduation, there are $1,200 scholarships available. These scholarships are offered for up to four years while the student is in school.
The program is offered at seven locations, including two in Troy. One is St. Patrick Catholic Church, 409 E. Main St., and the second is at Garden Manor, 505 Crescent Drive. Additionally, the Robinson Branch YMCA, Brukner Nature Center and the Troy Rec Association help provide resources. In 2015, the Clubhouse included 108 children and 88 paid teen interns. Funding for The Clubhouse comes from multiple sources such as private and corporate donations, grants, churches and The United Way. To learn more about the program, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/clubhouseleaders.
Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually.
If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.