Mar 24, 2021

When your child says, "Best day of my life!"...

Thanks for helping essential worker families!
Thanks for helping essential worker families!

When your child says, "it has been the best day of my life" you know that you've found something amazing. That's what happened when Elizabeth brought her kindergartner to the Club for the first time. Here's what she has to say: 

"I decided to send my kids here when online school started and I realized there is no way I could work from home and homeschool at the same time. My kindergartner had serious attachment issues and I was afraid that this was going to be like every other 'school' I sent him to where it ended up in catastrophe. The first day I was so nervous, but when I picked him up he said ‘Mom, I love this place, it has been the best day of my life.’ It brought so much relief to my soul. There have been days where he said he wishes he could go from 6am to 6pm! I send my 6th grader and kindergartner here and they both love it. The staff is so caring, everyone is outstanding!!!”  - Elizabeth

I can't think of a better gift than giving a child the best day of his life and giving a mom relief to her soul. When you made your gift to the Boys & Girls Club, that's exactly what you gave to Elizabeth and her son. Thanks for caring enough to make a difference to families like theirs. If you'd like to help even more families at the Club, please consider making a gift today or sharing this project with a friend.

Thank you so much for your support!

Jan 6, 2021

You're helping kids survive and thrive

Thanks for helping kids get the support they need!
Thanks for helping kids get the support they need!

The world is complicated. But helping kids? That’s simple. It all starts with one caring adult – YOU. When you support the Boys & Girls Club, you pass the torch to other caring adults like our Program Director Kelsey at the Pacific Life Foundation Branch. She and all the Club’s staff members work every day to make sure kids get the support they need to thrive, even in the most challenging times.

Kelsey says, “When the schools closed back in March, it was a scary and hard time for everyone. We had some new kids join the Club and, like all of us, they were learning to navigate our new normal. For the kids, one of the hardest things to adjust to was distance learning. One little boy, Sam, stands out to me because he had an especially difficult time.

“He would close his Zoom classes early, argue about doing homework, or say he was done with assignments when I knew he still had work to do. The more I got to know him, the more I realized he was behaving this way because he wasn’t confident in his schoolwork. Not being at school, he couldn’t connect with his teacher in the same way anymore. Like most kids, he needs that support. So, I decided to do my best to support him while he’s at the Boys & Girls Club.

“I started giving him lots of positive feedback. When I saw him on his Zooms, I would stand on the other side of the computer and give him two giant thumbs up. He would smile and roll his eyes in a joking way. Then, when it was time for homework, instead of asking why it wasn’t complete, I started asking ‘How could I help you with this?’

“I immediately noticed a change in his demeanor when he realized I was there to help him. The arguing stopped and the teamwork began. We knocked out assignment after assignment together. His confidence and his attitude about school began to change. Slowly, I began to encourage him to try on his own. When he doubted himself, I told him that I knew he could do it, because I’d seen him do it myself. With patience and perseverance on both our parts, he has come such a long way. I am so proud of him!”

Each day, your support allows every child who walks through the Club’s doors to find the caring adult they need in their lives. From all the kids like Sam at the Boys & Girls Club, thank you for keeping the Club’s doors open for the kids who need it most.

Nov 23, 2020

You gave a desperate mom the help she needs

In an application for the Club’s scholarship program, a mom named Susana wrote a heartfelt plea: “As a single mother, I don’t like asking for help unless I really need it. Right now, the budget is very tough. It’s become a choice between daycare or rent. I have no one to watch my son. I don’t know what I would do without the Boys & Girls Club. Please help.”

With help from supporters like you, the Club can provide a scholarship program so that essential worker families like Susana’s can access the childcare they so desperately need. The Club’s sliding scale scholarship program makes sure families pay only what they can afford.

Your helping hand in a family’s moment of desperate need makes a big difference. Your support helps a parent like Susana be able to pay the rent. You help her keep working, moving our community toward recovery. Best of all, you give a child the Club’s safe, caring environment, where they get the all the help they need to succeed in this challenging year. Thank you!

If you'd like to help more families like Susana's, please make your donation today.

 
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