YERINGTON, Nev. – Addressing an aging van fleet and an increased need to provide transportation, USDA Rural Development awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley a matching grant to purchase a new shuttle bus for its youth. 

The shuttle bus, which can seat 25, will primarily be used to help transport kids to and from the clubhouses before and after school. It will also be used in the summer to take kids from all five of the Club’s sites to field trips around the state. 

“USDA Rural Development has helped us achieve numerous goals over the 20-plus years of our organizations” said Travis Crowder, chief professional officer. “With families’ transportation needs increasing, this is going to help immensely in getting kiddos to and from school every day.” 

Funds grants to Boys & Girls Clubs from Mason Valley from Lyon County and the CARES Act was used to match USDA Rural Development’s grant for the van as the increased need for transportation was a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased need was due to shifting clubhouse locations and school schedules. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley is serving youth all day this school year to support distance learning during off-track weeks and half days. Along with traditional before and after school programming, the Club is providing the tutoring, computers, internet and accessories youth in Lyon and Mineral County need for a successful school year.