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Plymouth Center Raising Funds To Stay Open

Officials at a west Louisville neighborhood center that's on the brink of shutting down becauseof budget cuts have launched a strategic plan to raise some cash.It's led by Markham French, executive director of the Plymouth Community Renewal Center, which serves residents of the Russell neighborhood."We're going to go to the community, community members, business leaders, churches and we're trying to raise 50,000 dollars by June 30."French says the Plymouth center has had to cut staff and some services because of a 47 percent drop in funding from the state, city and private sources.Among other services, the center provides after-school and tutoring programs for youngsters, and operates a food pantry that fills 600 requests each month.Donations to the center can be made through PNC Bank.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.