The Blackfoot community center provides an outlet for children; it gives them a safe place to go with constructive things to do.
Ashely Howell, the Center Director explained that, “Our mission is to serve children youth and families in the communities and to help with that quality of life when people look at Blackfoot as a place to live they look at what does Blackfoot have to offer? We want the community center to be part of that picture.”
The center is in need of a facelift. It provides a lot of help to a large number of children; however, room for the activities and afterschool help is at a premium.
“We’ve already expanded more than we have the capacity to do here on campus,” Howell said.
How can the Blackfoot community center expand? It will take money, a recent AmeriCORPS grant should help, however the fundraising process for a new center
has not yet begun.
In terms of current fund raising efforts Howell said that, “At this time we haven’t done any specific capital campaign for the new building but we are continuing to expand programming and services to serve more children and families.”
Ashley hopes that the center can serve more children and benefit the entire Blackfoot community. Five years from now, she envisions a larger building with more to offer.
Ashley envisions a, “Singular facility that is located within walking distance for many youth and children it will be a place where families can gather and connect, that extra support that all children need to be successful.”