Possible budget cuts impacting at-risk children
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County is trying to balance its budget. In the process some of the funds are being cut from certain programs.
One group that helps at-risk students might not receive any money from the county this year.
WRAAP founder Daryl Dockery is worried about what might happen if they don’t get their funding.
WRAAP is a non-profit after school program that provides tutoring, mentoring and helps students grow socially. The organization has helped at-risk children and teens for more than ten years.
“We just want to continue what we’re doing and continue to meet the needs of kids,” Dockery said.
In order for them to do that, it is going to take money. Dockery said they depend on receiving the $10,000 annually from the county and without it, they could lose almost half their services.
“With a non-profit there’s so many variables that come into play,” Dockery said. “Ten-thousand dollars may not seem like a lot of money, but it’s like $100,000 for us.”
We asked County Commissioner Chairman Woody White about WRAPP’s status.
“It is my understanding that they have recently provided us some documents and we will be reviewing them,” White said in an e-mail. “Additionally, there are multiple after care programs in the county, that receive no funding from county tax payers. Why and when this one receives funding when others do not is the main question we have asked staff to look into.”
Dockery says his outreach program helps keep kids out of trouble and it truly makes a difference in their lives.
He hopes commissioners reconsider.
There will be a public hearing on the budget June 5. Commissioners are expected to adopt a budget June 19.