Corpus Christi (KIII news) — Westside Helping Hands was one of the dozens of non-profits to benefit from the 2018 Day of Giving.
When school lets out for children in the Coastal Bend the Westside Helping Hands has a structured after-school program that focuses on academics, sports, social skills.
"Two years ago and we're still going, and we're happy to be here," program director Garner Burford said.
According to Burford, since the two years Westside Helping Hands has been around it's not only expanded its curriculum but also it's enrollment.
"We've outgrown our current facility. We went from 35 kids less than two years ago to over 130 every day now. We're pleased to have that, but we've outgrown our facility. So our next step is to move on to bigger and better things," Burford said.
On Thursday Westside Helping Hands received $50,000 check from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. The money will help the program take a step closer to achieving its plan to serve more children of the westside by building a new facility.
"We want to revitalize this entire side of town. Also, to do that it's going to take much financial support. Much support from the community. So there isn't a number that we can put on it because we're not looking to stop," Burford said.
The numbers of students participating in Westside Helping Hands show the success of the program.
Kids who attend have picked up their grades in everything from math, reading, science to language skills.
The future looks bright thanks to donations from the Day of Giving.
"We're looking to keep with these kids until their up going to college or going on to a career of their own. Also, that's a multi-year investment, so that's gonna take a lot of help," Burford said.
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