Baldwin United Way to Support Scouts

Baldwin United Way to Support Scouts

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This afternoon volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the Daphne Civic Center where tomorrow the United Way of Baldwin County kicks off its annual campaign.

And unlike in Mobile County, the Baldwin County United Way will continue to support area Boy and Girl Scouts.

“We’ve had a long standing relationship with both of these organizations,” said Rebecca Byrne, Executive Director of the United Way of Baldwin County.

The local Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils serve more than 13,000 kids in four counties: Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, and Clarke.

This year, the United Way of Southwest Alabama, representing Mobile, Washington, and Clarke Counties cut the scouts’ funding .

“The Mobile area council, Boys scouts of America, was receiving $60,000 this past year and the Girl Scouts were receiving $80,000, so we’re looking at a loss of about $140,000 from the United Way of Mobile for scouting in the local community,” said Michael Hartigan, CEO of the Mobile Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Money donated to the United Way of Baldwin County, though, will continue to support scouts in all four southwest Alabama counties.

The Baldwin United Way and the scouts figure this will be a win-win with Boy Scout backers giving to the campaign and the Baldwin United Way giving more to scouts.

“I would tell you certainly we want the United Way of Baldwin County to go out there and talk about scouting, talk about Boys Scouts, talk about Girl Scouts, talk about the positive impact it makes on the community,” said Hartigan.

“People feel very strongly about them and yes we do think that will make a difference,” said Byrne.

The loss of funding from the Mobile based United Way represents about a 6-percent of the local Boy Scout’s overall budget.  They hope to make that amount up through a bigger contribution from the Baldwin United Way and through a direct fund raising campaign.

The Boys Scouts received about $25,000 from the Baldwin United Way last year.

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