Chattahoochee Boys & Girls Club celebrate national week

If you want to know if the Boys and Girls Clubs are getting the job done for children, Jim Wink says the answer is all in the feet.

“Children are running to our doors,” said the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Wink said that if children aren’t satisfied, they don’t walk to your place. He also said daily attendance at local centers has doubled over the last 12 to 18 months.

“We used to be jam-packed during the summer months,” Wink said, “but now we’re jam-packed all the time.” More than 4,000 children, ages 6-18, take advantage of what the local United Way funded agency has to offer.

This week is National Boys and Girls Clubs Week and the local clubs have been showing off what they have with health fair expos, performing arts, carnivals, face painting and special speakers.

“What makes me glad is to see clubs showing off the educational aspect of the clubs,” Wink said. “We’re so much more than just basketball and a pool. We’re about eating healthy, helping with homework and preparing young people for the future. The activities this week are a great way to recruit kids.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs have been around for more than 75 years and Wink, who has been involved with the organization for 30 years, 11 in Columbus, said it’s needed more than ever. “We’re talking about a place that for $20 a year, a mother can be feel good about the place where her child is knowing her child is safe,” he said.