Hempstead after-school program shelved over budget cuts

HEMPSTEAD - An after-school program that offered friendship and support in Hempstead has been closed because of budget cuts.The Hempstead Boys and Girls Club opened its doors to children and teens so they could meet up with friends and get their homework done. But with dwindling funds on the federal and local levels and diminished donations from the public, the club has been put on hold. Organizers say the program needs about $200,000 so it can stay open and keep teens out of trouble. The group is planning several fundraisers to try to get the program back on its feet. Other Boys and Girls Clubs all over Long Island are reporting similar problems because of budget cuts. The Hicksville Club says its future is also in jeopardy.

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