Tuesday, November 24, 2015 • 08:20

Boys and Girls Club, History Museum

The Valley Center History Museum received Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding which will be used to aid in the expansion of the museum as well as for furniture, exhibits, and display cases.
April 23, 2014
The Valley Center branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego and the Valley Center History Museum were allocated Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants April 15.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to award $6,584 to the Boys and Girls Club to purchase outdoor equipment and education software and to give $5,000 to the Valley Center History Museum to pay for expansion planning costs and for furniture, exhibits, and display cases.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program is intended to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels. In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors can also fund schools and fire departments, and supervisors can also use money from their budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads, and libraries. Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the board. The grants to the Valley Center organizations were from the District Five budget of Supervisor Bill Horn.

The Valley Center branch of the Boys and Girls Club serves approximately 530 children between the ages of five and 18 annually. The peak hours are between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., when heat can affect outside activities. The items authorized by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant include canopies and picnic tables. A storage shed is also authorized in the grant agreement which ensures that the allocation is spent only on what has been approved by the Board of Supervisors, and the money will also be used to purchase educational software which will help enhance the after-school program and aid participants in becoming more academically proficient.

"The Valley Center Boys and Girls Club is doing great things to serve our youth and offer constructive daytime activities," Horn said. "I'm happy to partner with them and provide these kids with relief from the heat on warm days and educational tools throughout the year."

In 2012, the county renewed its 20-year lease with the Valley Center History Museum for the Cole Grade Road premises. Many artifacts are currently in storage, and the need for additional space has resulted in plans to expand the facility by approximately 900 square feet. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding will help cover the engineering, project plans, and permitting costs for the eventual construction. The grant also allows for the museum to purchase furniture, exhibits, and display cases.

"The Valley Center History Museum is in the middle of a campaign to expand their building, and the community is doing an excellent job in raising the necessary funds," Horn said. "I'm thrilled a county grant can be one more piece of the puzzle to help further preserve Valley Center's history."

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