The Tuff Kids organization has become a mainstay in Cleveland since its foundation approximately 12 years ago. In that time, the nonprofit has become a refuge for local kids looking to enhance their summer months with the many activities and amenities provided by the organization.
Tuff Kids is currently working on renovating a local building that was gifted to them. EDC (Economic Development Corporation) members are looking to help raise funds to help complete the building.
EDC members are working to raise funds to help complete the building, allowing local youth to utilize the many amenities provided by Tuff Kids.
EDC members commended the organization, stating that they were proud of the work that they have done for the city. Since the city has no boys and girls club, Tuff Kids has taken that in for approximately 12 years and has made a positive difference in the lives of several local children.
“As long as the funding comes in, we will be fin- ished with the building by the end of September,” stated Eisha Jones, one of the founders of the Tuff Kids organization.
The EDC largely operates on sales tax and in previous years, the members have utilized funding for various improvement projects, including the sidewalk project in downtown Cleveland.
A motion was passed to help a public hearing to discuss specific financial items, to be held on Sept. 12 at 6 pm.
They also plan to have further discussion on a proposed mural for the Texan Theater, with members stating that they would like to incorporate something personal to the city into the mural.
A discussion was also started regarding funding needed for the Cleveland Historical Museum, some of which is for a much-needed new computer.
The EDC did purchase the older computers that the museum currently utilizes. However, the computers are no longer in working condition.
EDC Vice President Kelly Jenkel - Axton said she recently volunteered at the museum and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Other EDC members agreed with that assertion, praising the museum for its value to the city and adding that they would like to give the museum any help they need.