Craig White, 40, of Camanche, wants to be able to help area children through the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center.
Craig has been involved with the community center since its inception. His uncle Vinson Jetter started the center with the hope of helping area youth find a safe and non-violent community and a better future. After Jetter’s passing, family members and community center board members have kept the center going.
“My uncle had a dream of what the community center was supposed to be and supposed to become and our goal is to make sure that dream comes true,” Craig said.
Craig is originally from Madison, Wis., but has lived in the Clinton area for most of his life. He graduated from Mount St. Clare College with a degree in business and now works as a wireless consultant for U.S. Cellular. He is an active member of the community center.
Craig said being a part of the community center has given him the opportunity to work and build relationships in the community. Most importantly, he said it allows him and others to help area children.
The center provides various events for children throughout the year. Craig said they like to have five to six larger events as well as several smaller ones. During Halloween, the center gives away pumpkins to children. The center also provides tutoring events, peer coaching and mentoring. Craig said the work focuses on “helping the youth get ready for adulthood.”
On Saturday, the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center and Youth for a Safe Non-Violent Community will hold the annual back-to-school summer event. Craig said this event provides a little bit of fun for students before they have to go back to school. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clinton Central Park. Free food, games and a three-on-three basketball challenge will be included in the event.
Besides offering fun to the children, Saturday’s event will provide them with tools for the upcoming school year. Free school supplies and backpacks will be given while supplies last.
“Although they’re having their last hurrah before school starts, we want to give them some tools that they go into the school year prepared,” Craig said.
Craig feels with how the economy is lately, such events are more important than ever. He said a community’s children are its future. He said if the community is to succeed, people need to provide for children.