When you support the Boys & Girls Club, you're helping kids learn and grow so they can do better in school and in life. I'd like to tell you about one girl in particular who has made amazing progress during her time at the Club, thanks to support from generous donors like you.
Cecilia is an 8th grader at the Boys & Girls Club’s Oak View Branch. When she first started coming to the Club last summer, she was reading at a 2nd grade level. That’s 6 grades behind! Club staff worked with her in our summer reading program and Cecilia jumped ahead 2 grade levels in just 8 weeks. We’ve continued to work with her throughout the school year. Now, in the spring semester, she’s reading at a 7th grade level! We couldn’t be more proud of her! She still has a little ways to go to get to grade level. So, we’re continuing to work with her. She is trying hard and we hope to get her up to grade level by the end of the school year. Then, she’ll be prepared for success in high school.
Thanks to your generous support for the Boys & Girls Club's programs, kids like Cecilia are discovering the great things they can achieve. Thank you for helping the Boys & Girls Club make a difference to the kids who need us most!
We hope you’ve been enjoying a fantastic year so far. The Boys & Girls Club is starting 2014 with some exciting news – we will break ground on the remaining phases of our project to build a new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College this year! That means that the full Family Campus will be complete and ready to serve kids and parents in 2015.
Once complete, the new Boys & Girls Club will serve up to 2,500 youth per year. More than 70% will come from low-income families. At the new Club, kids will benefit from all the great programs and activities we offer at our other Club locations.
I’d like to let our kids tell you all about these programs in their own words. We recently asked our members what they love about the Boys & Girls Club, and here’s what they had to say:
Your support to build a new Boys & Girls Club will make these great memories and experiences possible for even more kids in need. Thank you! With our construction timeline in place, support for this project is more important than ever before – we still have $5 million to raise to fully fund the construction of the gym and school age club. We thank you for helping us make it this far and hope you will consider sharing this important project with your friends. Please help thousands more kids like those you've heard from here by supporting the new Boys & Girls Club Family Campus – make a gift on GlobalGiving today!
As a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, you’ve probably thought about what a difference the Club makes to kids and how your support helps kids get on the path to a great future. But, what you might not realize is that your support helps whole families do better.
We’d like to share with you what a mom named Jamie told the Club, “I am a single, working mother. With help from the Boys & Girls Club’s scholarship program, I am able to go to work. I don’t have to stay home and depend on welfare, which is the one thing I do NOT want. Deep down in my heart, the Boys & Girls Club is so helpful to my family.”
When you make a contribution to sponsor a child, you are making a difference in so many ways. You are giving a child the help they need to do well in school. You are giving a child a safe, fun place to learn and play. You are helping a child build good character and values. You are helping a child gain the skills he needs to grow up to be a success. You are doing even more than that, though.
By making a donation to the Club, you help moms and dads, too. You give parents the opportunity to work to provide for their kids – the dignity of knowing they are working for a living, not accepting a handout. You give kids a stable home environment by giving moms and dads the means to put food on the table and a roof over their children’s heads. Those are pretty amazing gifts!
Thank you for supporting the Boys & Girls Club! I hope you will consider giving again and giving those special gifts to even more children and families this holiday season.Wishing you holidays filled with joy and laughter!