Senator Eric P. Lesser visited the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club on Monday, September 12 to announce $30,952 in in new legislative appropriations for the Chicopee club.
The funding announcement comes after Senator Lesser secured a $200,000 increase in the state’s FY’17 budget for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. Senator Lesser has successfully championed funding increases for the clubs throughout his first term in office.
“The Chicopee Boys and Girls Club is an anchor for our community and an invaluable resource and support network for our families,” Senator Lesser said. “I’m proud to champion Boys and Girls Club funding in the State House, especially given the important work these clubs are doing to promote literacy, encourage health and wellness, and combat the opioid crisis.”
“We thank the Senator for once again making the time in his schedule to visit the Club. His commitment to the youth of Chicopee is evident in the time he makes to speak with our members when he visits,” said Jason Reed, Director of Marketing and Development for the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.
The increased funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs is made available through the Youth-At-Risk Matching Grants program. This grant provides matching grants to non-profits for a range of programs that address gang violence, sexual violence, teen dating issues, bullying and suicide through activities designed to promote the development of positive behaviors and social skills.