Grantee Spotlight: Light of the City
Light of the City, a 2018 grantee, is looking toward the future! Having served the Bay Minette community since 2008, Light of the City offers free youth and family programs through volunteers and a small staff. All the projects included under the grant have been completed and are leading the way toward new goals and plans.
The Pavilion, the centerpiece of the Light of City campus, is a gathering place for children and families. The 1/10-mile walking track has also proved to be of central importance to Light of the City. Barbara Brown, Light of the City’s Site Director, says this is the place where the kids start each day during the summer camp. Children have set goals to walk the track and get a little exercise. The track is also open to the community. The Community Garden was also a big hit. Fifteen garden boxes provide space for a variety of vegetables. And, let’s not forget the new gym flooring! Always a hub, the gym sees everything from basketball to aerobics.
Light of the City is always busy. During the school year, tutoring, open gym, exercise classes, and game night provide a safe and fun place for families in the area. Ms. Brown is also looking toward the future too. “We want to hear from our families about their needs and if they have any talents to share.”
A survey is ongoing and will help shape future needs. “Could be a parenting class, or a book study, transportation, or a dance and music class.” stated Ms. Brown. “We want to be a community program that serves our community needs. Our grant from Baldwin County Impact 100 exceeded our dreams. We can serve our children and their families in an array of services, with faith and hope leading the way.”