Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley has added a new van to their fleet thanks to funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Mary Beth M. Lamb Foundation. After receiving grant funds to cover 75 percent of the cost, the Club sought help to make up for the rest. The Mary Beth M. Lamb Foundation then came in with a $10,000 to help the Club purchase the 15-seat van. Christina Hurt, the director of development, said the funding came at a good time.
“We really needed more seats,” Hurt said. “Our two vans weren’t cutting it.”
The Club has seen an increase in youth wanting to go on summer field trips, one of the biggest uses for the vans. The fleet is also used to take staff to meetings and trainings. And with two vans and sites in three different towns, Hurt said the logistics could get complicated. Now, she said, each area will have their own van for transportation needs.