The Russellville/Logan County Concerned Citizens are making sure a group of at-risk, disadvantaged children are having fun and staying out of trouble by hosting a summer-long summer camp program.
Twice a week, the Concerned Citizens volunteers takes the group of children to the Carpenter Center to swim and also feeds them a sack lunch each day.
“Right now we have 25 that are in the program,” said Concerned Citizens director Doris Vick. “We had to cap it off at that because that’s all we could handle with the amount of volunteers we have. We had a lot more that wanted to be a part of the program though.”
Vick said the Concerned Citizens started the program last year when they saw the need was there in the community.
“The youth are so bored and they don’t have anything to do,” she said. “We figured we would work with them. After we feed them, we want to do activities with them.”
In addition to swimming each Tuesday and Thursday, Concerned Citizens has also taken the group to the library when they have activities going on there and other free events around Russellville.
“We try to tap into things that are free,” Vick said. “We just want- something to keep these kids busy through the summer time.”
Trips are also planned to the Shaker Museum, a fishing excursion and to the annual ice cream supper at First Presbyterian Church.
“It’s not only during the week, if we find things that are going on during the weekends, we take them to that too,” Vick said.
The plan is to cap the program off with a trip to Kentucky Kingdom at the end of the summer on July 31.
And to help with that expense, Concerned Citizens is asking for members of the community to help by sponsoring children.
The cost to sponsor a child will be $60.
“And that will cover everything,” Vick said. “It will include their ticket into the park, their food and their transportation up there.”
For more information about how to donate and sponsor a child, call the Concerned Citizens at 270-725-8721.
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.