On Saturday, May 26, the Chew and Belfield Neighbor Club Inc. (CNBC) will host a bus trip to Washington D.C to visit the Martin Luther King Monument. The CBNC was established in 1981 and is dedicated to promoting educational and career opportunities while assisting employment and training opportunities, in order to better the northwest Philadelphia community.
Members hope that the trip will raise much needed funds to support their volunteer programs and free math tutoring program, allowing the organization to continue to provide snacks for both programs and certificates for the volunteers. The tutoring program takes place every Saturday from September to April and is open to anyone between the ages of 7 to 99 who wants to improve their skills.
The idea for the bus trip came from Reverend Chester Williams, founder and president of CNBC. He thought it would be the perfect opportunity for everyone to visit the MLK monument, have fun and raise money for a good cause.
“You need to have places where people can go to meet other people and have a good time,” said Williams. “That is the main purpose [of the trip] to see something they would not normally see.”
He continued by saying that he wanted the trip to be affordable because some people would not go if the price was higher. Some organizations have also donated $40 so volunteers that don’t have the money can go.
Prior to the fundraising initiative, Williams paid for some of the costs of the math turoring and volunteer programming out of his own pocket. This is the second year he has asked for membership dues of $12 a year per family. CNBC has about 30 members.
The pickup site for the trip will be at 6200 Chew Ave. and depart at 7 a.m. Tickets are $40 per seat. For more information, go to chewandbelfield.webs.com