Standing before a crowd in Kilmarnock, Reverend Dr. Linwood Blizzard, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, quoted Ecclesiastes 3:3, saying, “there is a time to tear down and a time to build up.” For the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck, it is the latter.
After spending two years raising $2.6 million through its Building Great Futures Campaign, the club turned the soil for a new facility.
In the summers of 2014 and 2015, membership and attendance increased significantly, and the club realized that quality space was becoming an issue, said Phillip Mumford, executive director and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club. “We began to realize that if we were going to be able to continue to live up to our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to be able to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens, we had to find a way to continue to grow our programs…” So, in 2016, club’s board began laying the framework for obtaining a new facility.
Initially, the plan was to renovate and expand an existing building. But on November 18, 2018, when the club was close to wrapping up its campaign, its main building was destroyed by a fire.
“The day that we first thought would change everything, in retrospect, seemed to only change what we do on the surface—space, location, materials, equipment—but in fact, the fire changed very little. It did not change our focus, our mission, our passion or our determination to move our club, and thus our members, forward,” said Mumford.
The club’s leadership realized that if ever there was a time when they were well positioned to handle such a tragedy, that was it at that time because not only did they have the fundraising campaign already in place, but they also had integral resources, such as an insurance and architectural teams on board.
For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 11/6/19
The first shovels of dirt were moved for in the upcoming building.