Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club

by Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Thanks for helping kids at the Club!
Thanks for helping kids at the Club!

Throughout the pandemic, families have needed a lot of support from the Boys & Girls Club. Kids needed a safe place to spend their days, get help during this very challenging school year and a place where they can develop positive relationships with friends and caring adults during the long periods of isolation. At the same time, parents needed childcare they could count on as they work or retrain for new careers after pandemic layoffs. Here’s what a parent from our Kingston Branch has to say about how your support of the Boys & Girls Club helps him:

 “The Boys & Girls Club’s scholarship program helps us very much in many different ways. Our daughters are able to get that interaction with others that we believe is very important for their development. As for us, knowing that our daughters are at the Boys & Girls Club, we can continue our job search while I also finish up my studies to obtain my license in respiratory therapy. Thank you”

Because of you, parents know that their children can thrive in an environment that guides them on the path toward a great future. It is truly a wonderful feeling to see the profound impact supporters like you have made to our local youth. Thank you for making our kids your priority and supporting the Boys & Girls Club.

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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.

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Your support is making sure that moms like Ana have one thing they can count on in these uncertain times - the Boys & Girls Club. Ana says, "The scholarship to the Boys & Girls Club does wonders for our family. We recently moved to Orange County and our rent nearly doubled! Both my boyfriend and I work 40+ hours a week. Due to the stay at home order, he was not working for two months. So, now we are getting back to normal and getting on our feet financially. This scholarship makes one less thing for us to worry about financially. We are so grateful you are open so we can each continue to work and the scholarship takes a significant load off our backs.

When we started to look for a place to care for my son while we're working, I thought of the Boys & Girls Club because I was in Boys & Girls Club as a kid. I knew my son would love it, and he does. We know that the pandemic has been hard on everyone, including the kids. But, Mason talks nonstop about the fun he is having at the Club and we want him to continue enjoying that. It feels good to know he's safe and happy while I'm at work."

From one generation to the next, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley is a place that families know they can always rely on. In these difficult times, that means a lot. Thank you for making a difference to families like Ana and Mason's by supporting the Boys & Girls Club.

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Thanks for helping kids like these!
Thanks for helping kids like these!

Heather is a mom of three children who all attend the Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool. She has twin toddlers and a daughter who is almost ready for kindergarten. She would like to share with how grateful she is that your support has made it possible for her family to continue to count on the Boys & Girls Club during the pandemic. She writes:

“When most other preschools closed due to COVID-19, the Boys & Girls Club's Robert Mayer Preschool stayed open. This was huge for us, because both my husband and I are essential workers. We needed to continue working and had no one else who could watch our children.

Each of my three children started at the Club at just 3 months old. It was clear from that very first day that we brought my oldest to the Club that we made the right choice. The love, compassion and care the teachers and administrators have showed to our entire family has been nothing short of exceptional.

The staff at Robert Mayer and the whole Boys & Girls Club organization have been and continue to be so important to us and we are so thankful for them. Our family has had our ups and downs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley has always been there to support us. When my husband lost his job, the Club worked with us and provided some financial assistance when we needed it to ensure that the children could continue their attendance, which allowed my husband to secure a new job. We are truly grateful for that assistance!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley has become family to us. And as their slogan says, 'Great Futures Start Here.' We agree with that 100%! We know our children will have great futures, and that’s largely due to the great educational foundation, kindness, and care they continue to receive at Robert Mayer Preschool. Thank you so much and we are forever grateful.”

Your support is what makes it possible for the Club to always be there for the kids and families who need us most. Thank you.

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Each child who comes to the Club has their own set of circumstances, their own set of needs and challenges. And, of course, each child has their own gifts and potential to become someone with a great future ahead of them. Sometimes, all it takes is one person to help a child see that potential and get them on the right path toward their great future.

With your support, the Club is able to provide caring staff who connect with the kids at the Club every single day. They take every opportunity to be that one special person for a child that needs a positive influence in their life. A Program Director named Kelsey says, “When I think back on kids that I’m so proud to have made a difference to, there is one older member who really sticks out to me. She was a lone wolf at the Club. Being older, she thought she was ‘too cool’ to participate in many of the Club activities. Instead, all she wanted to do was help. She began helping me with little tasks, like cutting and stapling. After spending some time with her and getting to know her, I realized her home situation wasn’t ideal. Knowing that, I started thinking about how and what I could do to enrich her life in order to be a positive role model for her.

"I began calling her my ‘intern’ and I taught her everything I knew about being a leader. She then started helping with our kindergarteners, assisting them with activities and being their guide in the Club. It made me so proud to see her helping others.

She went from a lone wolf to a class leader and watching that growth made me feel like she was a role model for me, too. In fact, I feel as though we really helped each other out. I taught her to get out of her shell and she taught me to put in the time with every kid that I see at the Club because our world’s next leaders are right here with us.”

Your support of the Club makes stories like this one possible. Thanks to you, instead of being a “lone wolf,” a child has become a caring leader and has moved one giant step further on the path to her great future. Thank you for making that possible!

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley

Location: Fountain Valley, CA - USA
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Laura Portier-LaLumiere
Director of Development
Fountain Valley, California United States
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