The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County continues to serve many children in the Community as we follow the Club Mission of helping all children, especially those less fortunate. Being in the new Club, has allowed the Organization the opportunity to expand the services provided to its members. Since school began in mid-August, the Club has served nearly 5000 meals and snacks to the children after school. Many of the children we serve are living in or below the poverty level as established by the Federal Goverment. It is unfortunate that many children go home from school knowing that there will be no food in the home and their next meal will be provided by their school or the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County.
It remains paramont that we retire the debt owed on the new Club. Removing the debt payments from the budget would allow the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County to expand the valuable programs that are by no means a luxury but a necessity to the children we serve.
Your support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County touches many children as we prepare them for a promising future.
On June 9, 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County opened the doors of its new facility located at 1211 Lindenwood Avenue, St. Charles, MO. This was first day of summer camp. Many things happened during the 10 weeks of summer camp. But most importantly, the Boys & Girls Club provided over 10,000 meals and snacks to the children it serves. These meals were provided free of charge to any child in the facility at serving time. The meals and snacks met the federal guidelines of nutritious foods and beverages. Being in the new facility has provided the Boys & Girls Club the ability to serve more children and provide more programs.
It became apparent that we could no longer remain in the old club located at 1400 Olive Street, St. Charles, MO. The roof leaked so badly and to make the necessary repairs were to costly. The leaking roof caused much damage to equipment and items that were necessary to provide the programs. Many costly repairs were becoming an issue. It was becoming impossible to provide IT support to the administration offices and classrooms.
Raising the full cost of the facility before construction could begin was out of the questions. It was imperative that we miniize the amount of time that the Club would operate in the old facility. Therefor we are continuing to raise funds to meet the goal of $7M.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County are extremely important to the community. Currently we are serving over 1,500 children. They are taught to achieve academic success, life a healthy lifestyle and be of good character. Our program are all fashioned after our core values. It is our goal to put all our children on a path to a Great Future. It is important that we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today. One way is by recognizing the importance of our-of-school time. This time is essential, yet often overlooked, as we transform kids lives and America's future.
The NEW Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County will open on June 9, 2014 with that being the first day of Summer Camp. Construction of the new building has been completed. It became apparent that the Board of Directors could no longer wait to raise the balance of the funds needed to complete the new Club. The old Club was constructed 60 years ago and was in dire need of repairs that were too costly to accomplish. So the decision was made to move forward, complete the facility and continue to raise the balance of the needed funds for a new Club. There is an outstanding balance of $2M that needs to be raised to meet the "Campaign for Great Futures" Goal.
Currently the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County serves 1500 children annually. Many of our members are considered to be "at risk" due to living in or below the poverty level as determined by the federal goverment. Many of our members are from single parent families and find the Boys & Girls Club to be their home away from home. The Club has addressed the areas that are important to a childs future and they are; being academically successful, living a healthy lifestyle, being of good character and possess quality leadership skills.
Programs offered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County all follow our focus areas. Only to mention a few: Power Hour, Reading for Success, diplomas2DEGREES, Robo Tech, Smart Moves, Passport to Manhood, Smart Girls, as well as Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Karate and Cheerleading. A very vital program offered at the Boys & Girls Club is the Summer and After School Food Program. Over the past twelve months the Club has provided, free of charge, over 26,000 meals and snacks to our boys and girls. Many children enter our Club from spending their day at school to find their evening meal. If it were not for this Program, many of our members would go home to no food in the house and without proper nourshiment until they returned to school or the Boys & Girls Club for their next meal. It is known that a child without proper nutrition does not do well in school, is unable to concentrate and will experience health issues in their adult life. Unhealthy eating and lack of nutrition is a source of many problems in the life or our children.
It is imperative and greatly appreciated that you become a part of the Boys & Girls Club mission by helping all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens as we assist them in planning their future. .
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County will soon be relocating to its new home. Construction is on track and moving days remain to be the last two weeks in May. This is an extremely important time for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County. Once in the new facility, programs will be expanded as well as added. There will be a State of the Art Computer Lab. The children will be taught and encouraged to participate in IT programs that will enhance and assure them of academic success. Currently many of our members are not provided with the accessibility of computer usage. In keeping pace with other programs and continuing education, being knowledgeable of computer usage is imperative to perform and succeed. There will be a new commercial kitchen where the food program will continue. Currently we have served over 23,000 free meals and snacks to our members during the past year. 65% of the children we serve are considered to be "at risk", meaning they and their family are in the low income level. For many children, we are their main source for their evening meal.
We have not reached our goal of $7.2M for the new facility but the need to move from the current Club became an immediate necessity. We currently need to raise an additional $2M to cover the cost of the new Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County. The new Club will replace the current 50 year old facility that has a leaking roof, making it impossible to use the gym on some days. Repairs have been attempted but to no avail.
Your help and support is greatly appreciated and helps us help those who need us the most. It goes without say, that we will be able to serve many more children as we open our new doors in May 2014.
The new Boys and Girls Club of St. Charles County is scheduled to be completed and ready for occupancy in May, 2014. The new facility will replace the current 60 year old structure that does not allow for many of the valuable programs made available by the Boys & Girls Club of American to be offered to our boys and girls. There is insufficient space, the roof leaks and maintenance has become nearly cost prohibitive.
The new facility will allow us to serve more members, while reaching out to those who need us the most. Currently over 70% of the children we serve are considered to be "at risk", meaning they are living in or below the poverty level. For many of the children we serve, the free evening meal we provide is the only food they receive until they go to school the next day. It is a known fact that children do not do well in school if they are hungry. Their concentration level is low and they become restless and not interested in participating in the classroom. Today's children will be tomorrows leaders.
We have not reached our Capital Campaign Goal and continue to fundraise. All support and donations are greatly appreciated. No donation is too small.
One day in the life of a child can make a huge impact on their future. One caring adult can create an unbreakable bond with a vulnerable child that will last throughout their lifetime. One Boys & Girls Club can offer hope for an entire community.
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