Fresno community centers may be turned over to nonprofits
July 21, 2010
Fresno may follow in the footsteps of Sacremento County and allow three nonprofit financial management
departments to help save city services.
The Fresno City Council will vote later this week to determine whether to let three nonprofits take over the operation of three city community centers to save them from closure, the Fresno Business Journal reports.
The organizations - Reading and Beyond, United One Productions and First Baptist Church - provide services that range from educational and social service programs to collaborating with local law enforcement and business owners to restore broken communities, according to the source.
The agreement, if approved, will last for three years and was part of negotiations to keep 10 of 17 Fresno's community centers from closing due to budget restrictions. Currently, the city is pursuing agreements that would also keep additional centers from closing, the paper writes.
Earlier this year, Sacramento Country announced that it would be turning over the operations of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center to the American River Natural History Association. The city had previously approved handing over the Mather Community Campus to Volunteers of America and Meals on Wheels to the care of the Asian Community Center, the Sacramento Bee writes.