west palm beach polo club Glenn Springs Academy needs donations
Eddie Eubanks, a church member, said the church first reached out to the community to help support the academy when it started purchasing clothes for the boys in 2004. Since then, it has expanded the mission to include one large gift for each boy, and church members try to complete one project for the home a project Eubanks calls special for the boys.Last year, the church purchased freezers, washers and dryers. This year, members are about $6,500 short of raising enough money to spruce up the gym, which is about 28 years old. Painting will cost about $6,500, and resealing the floors will cost another $2,000.The church raised enough to purchase clothes, jackets, gloves, underwear and other necessities for the 25 boys staying at the academy, as well as a portable DVD player for each child. It had enough remaining donations to start collecting for the gym project, but so far, is still short.allow people to give through our church, but we send out letters to about 600 people asking them to give, Eubanks said. This year, the letter didn’t include a deadline to give donations or a fundraising goal since organizers hadn’t then received project bids.think that hurt us, he said. had people who normally give $1,000 give $100 and some of that has to do with the economy, too, but we wanted to reach out to everyone to give them a chance to help us. We really want to do this for these boys. academy, formerly the Spartanburg Boys Home, is licensed to serve boys ages 10 to 21. Currently, they have 25 boys ages 13 to 19 living there. Academy Executive Director Scott Scheel said 22 of the boys were referred from the Department of Social Services, and three were referred from the Department of Juvenile Justice.Most, Scheel said, are from troubled homes, while others have behavioral problems. Some have lived there four or five years.Scheel said the administration is proud of the fact that this year will be the fifth consecutive year the academy has a 100 percent graduation rate among seniors. In the fall, they’ll have four students enrolled at Spartanburg Community College.virtually unheard of, Scheel said. my opinion, education is key to helping them break the cycle they’re in most of the time through not fault of their own. said the academy has new, spacious cabins, and the administration building is in good shape. He said having the gym repainted and the floors refurbished would go a long way to transition the gym into a multipurpose area for special events.Glenn Springs community has embraced us, and we’re so thankful for that, he said.Scheel said the gym is housed in a nice, structurally sound building, but over the years, it has seen it’s share of wear and tear.an updated gym would give us the opportunity to do some other things like rock climbing. We’d like this building to serve more as a community center, he said. A small weight room and two classrooms also are located there.The academy receives about 90 percent of its funding from the Department of Social Services. Department of Agriculture. Private donations account for the remainder.Eubanks said he grew up near the home, and as a member of the church, realized helping those who needed it was as close as his old back yard.church goes to other countries on mission trips, and that’s fine, but we have a great need right here, and when I stand before the Lord and he asks me what I did to help, I want to tell him I did everything I could to help these boys who need it, Eubanks said.