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
Giselle says thank you!
Giselle says thank you!

Last week, one of our Club member's spoke at Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley's annual benefit about how the Club and supporters like you have changed her life by offering free programs at the Club's Oak View Branch. I'd like to share with you what she had to say: 

"My name is Giselle, I am seventeen years old and a senior at Ocean View High School. I was born and raised in the Oak View Community. My mother is a single parent raising three kids on her own, I have an older brother, his name is Carlos and he is 20. I have a younger sister, her name is Ashley and she is 13. My dad left when I was five years old, and the four of us went through a lot. Until now he hasn’t had the decency to see us, but we don’t mind because we have a wonderful mother who took on both roles of being a parent. When my father first left, out of all my siblings, I was the one who took it the hardest. I became very angry, I would blame myself for my father leaving. It took me years to finally understand that it wasn’t my fault he left, but it was his decision to leave. Around the time my father left, Oak View had an increase of gang members around the community. Everywhere you went you would see a gang’s name tagged up on a side of an apartment. Cops would be patrolling the area, probably two or three times a day. It was a “normal” thing in the Oak View Community.

Before the Boys and Girls Club opened, a few other after-school programs came to our community, but they only lasted for a few years.  I only attended for probably a year because it wasn’t meaningful to me. I remember the day I saw two people with red shirts that said “Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley” written on the back. I thought “who are they?” I remember clearly the kids talking about them, and how they were planning to take over the community center. A few months later, October 1st 2012 rolls around, and the Club opened its Oak View Branch at the Oak View community center. I can honestly say from that day forward I had no idea how much impact they would have on me and the Oak View Community. Joining the Boys and Girls Club has changed my life for the better, they helped the community become better. Since they opened, gang members that would hang around the center, slowly but surely started to leave. I’m so happy with the change that they have created, they brought in safety that wasn’t there before, and positive energy.

The Club shaped me into the person I am today, responsible, determined, and most importantly they helped me believe in myself. Before the program opened, I never thought of attending college, but now I will be the first in my family to go to college. I hope to attend UCLA next fall. I think if the program never opened their doors, I honestly would have no idea what I would have been doing with my life, I would have probably thought there was no future outside the community. The Club taught me to work hard, that there is more beyond the boundaries of Oak View. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone from the Boys & Girls Club who had an impact on my life, without their guidance, support, I would have never have done it without them."

Thank you for being there for Giselle, for helping bring safety to her community, for giving her guidance and role models that are helping her dream of big things for her future, and for teaching her to work hard to make those dreams come true. Your support makes a big difference. Thank you!  

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Thanks for "pulling for" the kids!
Thanks for "pulling for" the kids!

This year, the Club will give nearly $800,000 in scholarships to families in need so that every family can afford to have access to quality care they can count on at the Boys & Girls Club. Contributors like you are what makes it possible for the Club to give kids from all backgrounds award-winning programs to help them reach their full potential. Your support ensures that every family pays only what they can afford, even if that’s nothing at all.

A mom named Ashley says, “I am barely making enough money to pay my bills and I am getting back on my feet from being homeless. Without the Club’s scholarship program, I wouldn’t earn enough at my job to pay for childcare. This scholarship means the world to me – giving me peace of mind, knowing my son won’t be alone after school.”

Rebuilding after homelessness is not easy. But thanks to your support, Ashley’s child is in the Club’s safe environment instead of out on the streets. The reliable, affordable care her child gets thanks to the Club’s scholarship program means Ashley can go to work every day and provide for her family. That’s because of you. Instead of being a handout, your contribution gives her the helping hand up that she needs to make a better life for her kids. Thank you!

If you'd like to help even more families like Ashley's, you can make a gift today or share this project with your friends so they can get involved, too. 

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Thank you for helping kids like Emily!
Thank you for helping kids like Emily!

Kids at the Boys & Girls Club feel like it has changed their lives for the better. Your support is what makes that possible. I'd like to tell you about a 5th grader named Emily, who is one of the children whose life you are changing.

Emily has been coming to the Club every day after school and during the summer ever since kindergarten. She says, "The Club helps me succeed because I get to know kids that are different from me and ones that I wouldn't meet anywhere else. The Club also helps me with my homework so I can do well in school. The staff always make sure to help if I don't understand something. And the Club helps me be active and learn good sportsmanship. When I grow up, I'd love to become the director of a Boys & Girls Club because I like helping other kids at the Club." 

You're helping Emily see the good in other kids from all backgrounds. You're helping her do better in school. You're helping her stay fit and healthy. You're helping her learn to be part of a team. You're helping her see the value, importance, and good feeling you get from helping others. Those are big gifts that you are giving to this little girl. Thank you.  

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Thank you for helping kids at the Club!
Thank you for helping kids at the Club!

The Club starts helping kids on the path to success from the earliest ages. As young as six weeks, in fact! The Club has two licensed preschools: the Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Golden West College in Huntington Beach and the Learning Center Child Development Preschool in Fountain Valley. Each of our preschools works with infants as young as six weeks old, toddlers, preschoolers, and transitional kindergarteners.

A mom whose child was in our preschool for two years wrote the Club a letter about her experience. Her family benefited from the scholarship program that your support helped provide, so her thanks are not just for the Learning Center, but for you, too.

“I want to thank you for the love and care you have given Romeo while at the Learning Center. His excitement and love for the program shows on his face when I pick him up at the end of the day. With your care, he has grown into a wonderful young man and he is ready to move on to Kindergarten.

He has made such wonderful friends and has developed meaningful relationships with the teachers and assistants at the Learning Center.  I am so blessed by the generous donations that allowed Romeo to attend such a wonderful program. My son will benefit from his experiences at the Learning Center for a lifetime. It would not have been possible without your help.

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the teachers for their time and caring attention they have given to Romeo. He has made leaps and bounds and is definitely not the shy little guy l left in your care and attention at only 3 years old. Again, many thanks to you and the program!”

Without your support of the scholarship program, kids like Romeo wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn and grow every day in a nationally accredited preschool. He’s prepared for success thanks to you!

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Babies get great care at the Boys & Girls Club
Babies get great care at the Boys & Girls Club

Did you know that Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley helps kids of all ages? Most people know that the Club makes a difference for school age kids, but Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley is a little different than most Boys & Girls Clubs in that we operate two licensed preschools for babies as little as six weeks old through preschoolers. Your support makes a difference to families with kids of all ages, from infants through teens.

Take a look at what one of our preschool moms had to say this week: 

"My daughter has been enrolled at the center now since August and although it has been a little under 2 months I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how much I appreciate the wonderful women who take care of my Khloe on a daily and hourly basis while she is there. As a parent with no alternative but to work, the anxiety and fear of having to let someone other than yourself or trusted family or friend care for your child is no easy task and neither is it to pick a day care center. I know I am not the only parent who goes through this and there are plenty of alternative facilities available and reviewed, trust me I checked them, my husband checked them and my inlaws checked them. When I settled on your facility I was still unsure of how my daughter or I were going to make it through this. I will never get over worrying about her, wondering about what she is doing, missing her or what I am missing out on but I do know that because of the wonderful staff, I can feel more easy while I am working knowing these women are providing geniune love, care and attention for not only my child but all the children. From drop off to pick up my daughter is as happy to see each of the teachers in her classroom as I am to see them. Their knowledge and experience in child development has not only taught me a first time mom quite a few things but I know it's helped my daughter reach a few milestones in the short time she has been here. As it is in any field of work, anyone can be hired to do a job and do it well, but it's when they go beyond as these women do that you appreciate them that much more.  I look forward to my daughter's continued enrollment here with this wonderful staff. PS, your front office staff is awesome too. They are friendly, attentive and genuine."

Your support makes it possible for the Boys & Girls Club to give kids amazing care and give moms and dads peace of mind, all while keeping fees affordable for all families through our sliding scale scholarship program. Thank you for your support!  

Your support helps kids of all ages!
Your support helps kids of all ages!
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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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