Over the past few months, children who frequent the Lodi Boys and Girls Club have watched a transformation in the building’s appearance.
In February, members of Leadership Lodi’s Class of 2013 put their heads together to see where there was a need for an improvement project in Lodi. The group decided on the Boys and Girls Club.
“We thought remodeling the social room might be good,” said Meghan Lange of Leadership Lodi. “We wanted to make this a place where kids will want to hang out and look forward to coming back in.”
Fundraising for the project began in March. With the help of the community and groups such as the Lions Club and the Lodi SDA Elementary School, Leadership Lodi raised $25,000.
“We’re very thankful to the community. We could not have raised $25,000 without the community support,” said Daleen Murray of Leadership Lodi.
Members of the group began painting the walls of the club on Sept. 19 and put in two full weekends and evenings to complete the project. A new front countertop was added as well as a water fountain, new carpet, new games and bean bags, and a new television for the TV room. Most recently, glass was added to the front counter, and the pillar in the middle of the room was decorated with handprints of Leadership Lodi members who helped with the project.
KTC Foundation, which is funded by DaVita HealthCare Partners, provided a grant to the club in the amount of $1,800 for the purchase of paint and tile. Laura Baker, director of programs for the club, said volunteers will be coming in to paint and then do the floors.
It had been 17 or 18 years since any improvements had been made to the club, said Eddie Cotton, executive director of the club.
“We’re excited about the changes. It’s been exciting for me working with Leadership Lodi. It has been a fun experience for us,” he said.
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