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Douglass Community Association holds day of service
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Earlier this summer, the United Way pulled funding from the Douglass Community Association in Kalamazoo, putting the center at risk of closing.
Now, organizers are looking for ways to raise $100,000 over a 30-day period. Part of the effort includes a community day of service held at the center Saturday.
It was all hands on deck today at the Douglass Community Association. The community has rallied behind this effort, its awake, its alive now, the energy is there, Dr. Addis Moore with Mount Zion Baptist Church says.
Hundreds of people came out to donate their time, doing yardwork, painting, and cleaning up. With the center in danger of closing, volunteers made it clear the importance of keeping its doors open.
This is an amazing organization and it really helps a lot of children. It keeps them off the streets, it gives them something to do. volunteer Kaila Williams says.
More than $50,000 has been raised so far, Moore says the money will be used to keep the center afloat for the next three months while they look to secure additional long-term funding. So its important that individuals put their hands on the Douglass, are involved with their finances, with their sweat-equity to say, We are a part of this.
Moses Walker, the former executive director for the Douglass in the late 1960s tells Newschannel 3 its time to put the past behind them and move forward with new leadership.
The primary change is having the right person in as our interim executive director, Walker says. Clearly, some mismanagement took place and we don't need to deny that. We're buying time as we are going forward and preparing for the future, doing proper planning, but the main thing is, if we don't sustain ourselves, there is nothing we can do.
And it was evident in the hard work these people gave to the Douglass, that the center changes lives.
And that's why I believe it will come out of this stronger, Moore says.
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