Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | HUB needs help for kids

To the editor:

On behalf of The HUB Steering Committee, I wish to applaud Clyde and Marcia Monma for their July 28 letter to the Record. With the current economic climate it’s more urgent than ever that we each direct charitable giving locally, and in particular, to not-for-profits whose purpose is serving our youths. There are many excellent organizations aligned with this purpose and I encourage you to give now to the mission you feel most attracted to. Whether you make a gift of cash, or share your time, creativity, and experience by volunteering, you’ll be making an important contribution to the lives and futures of our youths.

It was just this kind of community support that revitalized The HUB after closing late in 2011. Serving nearly 7,000 middle and high school aged youths over the past 23 years, The HUB provides a safe, supportive, and supervised setting with a hot meal as a drop-in after school facility. Under the guidance of volunteers and with the financial support of Good Cheer, local organizations and businesses, and many individual contributors, it re-opened last January. While The HUB strives to be open each school day, it currently only has funding for roughly 30 percent coverage in the coming school year. We also need to line up volunteers to cook meals and provide groceries. If you are unfamiliar with us there’s a great article at: www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/126518943.html.

If you are a past supporter of the South Whidbey Youth Connection and The HUB, in the next couple of weeks you will receive an appeal letter asking you to contribute to The HUB. A long time benefactor, Nancy Nordhoff, has generously offered a matching grant as an incentive for you to contribute to The HUB. This gift will double community contributions up to $5,000! If you don’t receive a letter, I encourage you to contribute to The HUB by sending your tax deductible gift to: The HUB, P.O. Box 374, Langley, WA 98260.

Hank Hall

executive director



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