BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – After a large group of volunteers decided to resign from their positions at a non-profit agency in Brunswick County, we're hearing from the lone board member who decided to stay.
We first reported that the future of the Brunswick County unit of the Community Boys and Girls Club is in question, after almost the entire volunteer advisory board resigned.
The resignation was made final with a letter written in October from the board to the organization.
The letter cited six reasons for the mass resignation, including lack of a quality facility, changes in the school schedule, poor transportation availability, staffing issues, demographics, competition, and other reasons.
The letter also stated, "this Advisory Board feels it has done all it can to raise funds, all without the support of the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington."
Wayne Lofton, the President and CEO of the organization, said the letter contains a lot of misinformation. He said the advisory board never made a significant financial donation to the organization.
Eventually, eight of the nine members of the advisory board decided to step down from their positions.
Jennifer Ordonez, the only member not to resign, spoke with us on Tuesday to explain her reasons for staying.
Ordonez says that she doesn't judge the other board members for resigning but believes in the mission of the program and how it helps families in Brunswick County.
Ordonez said she understands the board's feeling of frustration with the lack of a quality facility, however she also admits that the board was not successful in raising money for the organization.
Ordonez said the board was in the process of planning a fundraiser to raise money for a new transportation vehicle, but then the other board members decided to quit and plans were halted.
"There weren't enough funds raised by the advisory board and that was their goal," said Ordonez. "They expressed frustration with the Wilmington office for a better facility and they feel like that delayed the growth of the program. I'm not taking a side. My goal is to keep the services for the kids and families that need it."
Moving forward, the future of the Community Boys and Girls Club of Brunswick County and the volunteer advisory board is still unclear.
Ordonez says her main priority right now is to work with the leaders of the organization in Wilmington and search for a permanent facility for the program to continue.
The CEO/President of the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, Wayne Lofton says they are open to accept new volunteers to replace the ones who resigned but he says "that committee will not make decisions on the direction of how we move forward as an organization."
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