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Pueblo non-profits could see financial cuts

Pueblo non-profits could see financial cuts

Pueblo non-profits could see financial cuts

PUEBLO, Colo. - Organizations that are trying to turn lives around could be in financial trouble. Money they depend on from United Way of Pueblo County may not come their way. The Boys & Girls Club is one of the 25 non-profits that United Way serves.

Every day, about 90 children come to the Boys & Girls clubhouse on Pueblo's south side. For them, it is their home away from home after school.

"If the 90 kids that come here every day weren't able to be here, that's 90 kids from this neighborhood without a positive place to be," said Melanie Bravo, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club.

The Boys & Girls Club receives about $50,000 a year from United Way. But those funds are in jeopardy if United Way doesn't reach its campaign goal.

"We're seeing some really strong companies that have always supported us had some decreases and while we had some increases, it's not enough to offset what we've seen in the decreases thus far," said Andrea Aragon, executive director of United Way.

Bravo says those decreases could mean the organization would have to reduce the number of children it serves every day.

Bravo says 88 percent of the children who come to the clubhouse live in poverty- most come from single-parent households. If it weren't for the club, she says many of them would be home alone.

"When kids are home alone after school, that's the most dangerous time for them. That's when kids are most likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, to experiment with sexual activity," Bravo said.

United Way is about $60,000 short of its goal of $1,035,000. The campaign will be extended until April, with the hopes of making that goal.

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