A Club member named Sydney recently wrote about her experience at our Boys & Girls Clubs. I'd like to share with you what she said, because it really touched my heart and I think it will touch yours, too. Sydney writes, “When I walked into the Boys & Girls Club for the first time, I saw kids everywhere all grinning ear to ear. It seemed as though there were hundreds of rooms, filled with things devoted just for children. I was immediately filled with a sense of safety and excitement. As I started attending the Club regularly, it became a second home. I felt like I was safe there. No one looked down on me or treated me different because I was different. Without the Boys & Girls Club, I wouldn’t have found the light amidst the darkness.” Thank you for being a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club and making a difference to kids like Sydney.
Right now, our new Club is under construction - you can see in the photo here that the foundation is poured and the walls are starting to get framed up. Progress will move quickly from here and we expect that by late fall, we'll be opening the doors to our new Boys & Girls Club and a great future for kids like Sydney who need a light in the darkness and who need a place to feel safe. We're excited to be able to give 1,500 more kids a home away from home that's going to change their lives for the better. We can only do it because of you and your support!As we reach the final months of construction, the need for your support is more urgent than ever. Would you consider making a gift today? Your $20 contribution could help us reach our goal of raising $1,500 more to fully fund our new playground. Your $50 contribution could buy several educational games for our activity center. Your $100 contribution will help us buy tables and chairs to equip the technology lab where kids will use 20 brand new laptops that were donated this month. A gift of any size makes a difference! Thank you for all you do to change the lives of children for the better - kids like Sydney thank you for showing them "the light amidst the darkness"!
We're making great progress on construction of the new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College and expect to be open and helping kids and families by the end of the year!
The new Boys & Girls Club will serve more than 1,500 children each year. YOUR support is what makes it all possible! By supporting this project:
Our CEO Tanya Hoxsie says, “We are thrilled that the project will finally be finished this year. We will be able to serve kids from diapers to graduation all at one site! With the special location on a community college campus, moms and dads will be able to go back to school with on-campus care for their kids. And, kids who grow up on a college campus will learn to see going to college as a natural next step after high school.”
9-year-old Club member Kevin says he loves coming to one of our current on-campus programs that will be housed at the new Club because, "I'd never seen a college campus before." Your support opens kids' eyes to the possibility of a college education. Not just as something to dream about, but as something real that they can accomplish. The finished Boys & Girls Club Family Campus will change the lives of so many families for the better. Families will learn, grow, get stronger and achieve great futures - all because of you and your support.
Please consider making a gift today and sharing this project with your friends to help open the door to a new Boys & Girls Club and a great future for thousands more kids like Kevin!
Since our last report, some big things have happened. You may remember that we asked you to help "make it a million for the kids" by helping us meet our matching goal gift. Just yesterday, we made that goal! Our generous anonymous donor will give $750,000 because people like you all chipped in with gifts that totaled up to more than $250,000. THANK YOU!
And, this week, our construction company got to work on building the brand new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College. Now we're getting into crunch time. With construction started, we have a clear fundraising deadline ahead of us. Construction will be completed by November 2015 if all goes as planned. We hope to fully fund this $12 million project by that time. That means raising more than $4.5 million this year. We'll need your help to do it. Please tell your friends about this project and if you are able to give a little more over the next 11 months, we would love to have your continued support for the at-risk kids in Huntington Beach.
45% of kids in our targeted neighborhood are home alone afterschool with no caring adults to look after them while their moms and dads are hard at work. With your help, we're going to change that. We're going to make sure that kids have a safe and fun place to learn and play every day after school, during school holidays, and all summer long. Thanks for helping make that possible for the thousands of kids who will use the new Boys & Girls Club.
Not only are you helping the kids, you're also helping parents make better lives for themselves and their whole family. One mom says, "Words cannot express my gratitude for the help I receive from the Boys & Girls Club. It has enabled me to work full time and go to school full time. I am currently working in the field I am going to school for. Because I've been able to advance my education, I have recently been promoted! I would not be able to realize my dreams without the fantastic staff at the Boys & Girls Club. Thank you!" – Jessica
We pass those thanks on to you, because by supporting the new Boys & Girls Club, you are helping thousands more moms and dads like Jessica over the decades to come. We couldn't make such a big difference without your help! Thank you!
Last month, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley's project to build a new Family Campus at Golden West College took major steps forward thanks to some very generous donors. Kingston Technology has made a significant gift to name the new Family Campus in the company's honor. Kingston also challenged the Club to raise another million dollars. An anonymous donor committed to give $750,000 of the $1,000,000 needed. But the Club only gets the full $750,000 if we can raise $250,000 more from other supporters. We're almost there! Just $55,000 more is needed to secure the full $750,000 gift from our anonymous donor. Let's make it a million for the kids - will you help by making a gift on GlobalGiving today?
A mom will tell you in her own words why the Boys & Girls Club is so important to her family: "I need to work to support my kids to provide food, clothes, books for school, pay bills, and meet all their needs. But the most important thing is to keep my little daughters in the best safe place so I can work knowing my kids will be OK studying, doing homework with someone to watch over them. God bless the Boys & Girls Club and its staff." – Oliva, Huntington Beach.
With your help, we can give thousands more family's like Oliva's "the best safe place" for their children by completing the Boys & Girls Club's new Kingston Family Campus at Golden West College. At the Boys & Girls Club, we say, "Great Futures Start Here." That's because kids get the support and resources they need to succeed in school and in life. At the new Club, kids will be able to take advantage of homework help, tutoring, sports leagues, arts programs, fitness activities, computer labs and technology education, fun academic support programs in reading, math and science, life skills classes, leadership and community service clubs and so much more!
Thank you for your past support and for being part of the Boys & Girls Club family. We hope we can count on you to help us reach our matching gift goal. With your help, we'll be ready to open the new Club and start changing families' lives for the better in the 2015-2016 school year. Please feel free to share the photo in this report to tell the world that you support great futures for kids at the Boys & Girls Club!
A mom named Jessica would like to tell you how you changed her life for the better. “Words cannot express my gratitude for the help I received from the Club last year. It has enabled me to work full time and go to school full time. I am currently working in the field I am going to school for and have recently been promoted! I would not be able to realize my dreams without the fantastic staff at the Boys & Girls Club. Thank you!" With the high cost of quality childcare in Orange County, many parents wouldn’t be able to pursue their college dreams without the Boys & Girls Club’s help. Without YOUR help. The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that a mother’s educational level is the number one predictor for a child’s educational level. That means if mom goes to college, her child likely will too. This is one of the reasons why our new Family Campus at Golden West College is crucial in helping the Club achieve its mission.
We are excited to report that, this fall, we will be BREAKING GROUND on the new Boys & Girls Club Family Campus at Golden West College. By this time next year, the existing preschool will be joined by a new gym and school age Club, ready to enroll kids for the 2015-2016 school year. The Family Campus will help parents like Jessica go back to school. And, kids will literally grow up on a college campus. The college environment will be part of their everyday experience. Growing up on campus changes kids' attitudes about college. It makes college feel like the natural next step to take after high school, not a distant and unattainable dream. The Boys & Girls Club is here to make sure the dream of a college education is one that kids can achieve. Kids get the help they need to succeed in school through homework help, tutoring, and “teaching moments” in all of our programming. Through those “teaching moments,” kids learn while they’re having fun. Maybe they learn about engineering while building with Legos, guided by a volunteer who is a retired engineer. Or practice fractions in a cooking class. Or practice reading while learning lines in a theatre program. Whatever the activity, the Club makes it productive and educational. With your support of the new Family Campus, kids will grow up to be the successful adults we know they can be.
Will you help the Club complete the new Family Campus on time to help families in the 2015-2016 school year? Your support is needed to help push this important project forward. Kids and families in our community are counting on you and the Boys & Girls Club. Whether you can give $10 or $1,000, you'll not only change the life of a mom like Jessica. You change her children’s lives, and their children’s, too. Your gift has an impact that lasts for generations. Please show kids their dreams are attainable by supporting this project today. Thank you!
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