A group that has provided volunteers to area nonprofits for more than 30 years has decided to call it quits.
The Benton Franklin Volunteer Center board voted this week to permanently close because of limited financial support, board president Maureen Bell said in an announcement Friday.
A special committee will manage the closing.
The center was created and financed by United Way three decades ago. In 2008, United Way restructured the way it did business, ending financial support for the volunteer center.
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The threatened closure back then triggered an outpouring of community support that kept the center open, albeit with a reduced budget. However, the group had to decrease services and staffing a little more each year.
This week, the board decided it had cut all it could cut. The decision to close was difficult but came about by unanimous vote.
"It became clear that even if the center were to remain open on a limited basis, its staffing level would not be sufficient to serve the volunteer and training needs of its 200 partner community agencies," Bell said in the announcement.
The group hopes that some of its projects will be continued by other local agencies.
It expects that its grant to run the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program will be awarded to another group. The service assists area senior citizens with health care spending decisions.