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ST. LUCIE COUNTY --
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group, has awarded the Boys & Girls Club a $10,000 grant for its CORE impact program that targets areas of academic success and healthy lifestyles for club members.
Additionally, PNC Bank has further enhanced the relationship by donating $8,000 to support the club's youth development programming.
The CORE impact program reaches 150 club members at the Chuck Hill Unit in Port St. Lucie ages 5-18 who come from a variety of backgrounds.
The majority of members are low income with 80 percent on free or reduced lunches.
The program focuses on homework time, high-yield learning activities, substance abuse education, healthy living and active learning activities. The Chuck Hill Unit's doors were opened just more than a year ago and there is already a waiting list.
In a time when hundreds of children and teens in St. Lucie County are not receiving the guidance they need to graduate from high school and become responsible adults, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is there to help.
The club serves as a safe haven to avoid the effects of violence, gangs and drug use, which would not be possible without the help of community supporters such as PNC.
It costs the Boys & Girls Club $1,000 per child to have them as members in the afterschool program per year. Costs are kept as low as $10 per year for members.
PNC's advocacy has enabled children in need to participate in the club's vital programs and has given them a safe place to learn and grow after school.
The Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the youth of the community.
For more information, call (772)460-9918, visit www.bgcofslc.org, or by liking www.facebook.com/bgcofslc.