The Hub 2.0 received a $2,000 donation on Wednesday and will be hosting a fundraising barbecue and bottle drive on Oct. 7 to bring in more money to help fund programming.
Located at Northside Community Centre operated by the YMCA, The Hub 2.0 runs on Wednesdays for people with disabilities to enjoy and learn crafts, music, life, and social skills. The Hub is operated by the Red Deer Arts Council with the support of the Hub Fund Development Committee.
Suzanne Hermary, executive director of Red Deer Arts Council said grant funding for “The Hub 2.0 Wednesdays at the Y” has declined a little so they are seeking more sponsorships and donations.
The Hub moved to the community centre in 2021 after the pandemic and funding cuts put an end to The Hub on Ross which had operated for years.
The City of Red Deer, the Northside Community Centre YMCA and several granting agencies across the city and region helped the Arts Council continue in the new location.
Hermary said the old Hub used to run five days a week and clients miss that.
“They want that freedom to come in any day and find activities that are meaningful, engaging and creative, and we want to help make that happen,” Hermary said.
Between 60 and 120 clients a day attend The Hub’s drop-in programs.
Mr. Motors owner Greyson Averill, who donated the $2,000, said he learned about the history of The Hub and the need for funding.
“Everybody deserves a bit of leisure time in their lives,” said Averill who is also supporting the Oct. 7 barbecue.
The barbecue and bottle drive runs from 12 to 2 p.m. at Northside Community Centre YMCA, located at 6391 76th St.
He hoped the event will help increase awareness for The Hub and the community centre.
For more information about The Hub visit reddeerartscouncil.ca