Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster Get Summer Jobs Boost from DA
LEOMINSTER -- Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. donated funds as part of his Drug Forfeiture Community Reinvestment program earlier this week to help fund summer jobs for teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.
Early regularly uses money seized from drug crimes to provide funds for youth-focused community initiatives across Worcester County. Money is donated to various local programming based on a grant application process.
“Through this program, we can put the money that once helped drug dealers bring poison into our neighborhoods to help build up our communities,” Early said. “Providing programming for kids, keeping them busy and around responsible adults, is one of the most effective crime-prevention tools we have. The Boys & Girls Club is a great environment for these teens and I’m glad to help them get jobs participating in the great programs offered there.”
The funds donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster are being used to help fund more than 30 summer jobs for teens who help run the club’s summer programming for kids. Early annually donates to the Leominster-based club.
“This money is crucially needed for us to continue to be able to offer these jobs for these teens, who often struggle to find summer jobs due to transportation or other issues,” said Donata Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. “We’re very thankful to receive the continued support of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.”
Early has used this program to reinvest more than $1 million into youth programs over the past 10 years. In the past, funding from these programs has gone to Boys and Girls Clubs, little leagues and youth sports programs, the Mass Audubon Society, various art programs and many more.