THE CLUB RELIES ON OUR COMMUNITY, OUR COMMUNITY RELIES ON US.
The Boys & Girls Club relies on a combination of grants, as well as corporate and private donations to serve hundreds of kids annually in Winnemucca. The nominal fees the Club charges – annual $20 memberships, field trip fees, etc. – don’t touch the “real cost” of providing these critical services.
So each year, the Club reaches out to the community to ask for its support. The “It Just Takes One” campaign is part of the fabric of the more than 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs worldwide, a call out to our communities to recognize the good the Club does and to help contribute to its success.
A CONTINUING NEED
Today’s youth are growing up in a world much different from that of previous generations. The structure and patterns of family life in America have undergone dramatic changes. Families have become increasingly mobile and often function without assistance from extended family members. The divorce rate remains very high. More children are born to and raised in single-parent households. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high across the country. Many young people are confronted with dangerous influences, like drug use, gangs, and violence in their schools and neighborhoods.
Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate and accept them. This support can come from family members or from other adults, such as Club staff, neighbors or teachers. Children need to have a place where they are physically and emotionally safe; a place with structure and clear limits.
Keeping our promise
The Club provides positive programs and activities for youth in the community, helping them become productive, self-sufficient individuals. As Boys & Girls Clubs across the country begin a second century of service, our Club is dedicated to keeping the promise to provide a safe, positive place for young people and to have a significant impact on their lives.
All young people have the potential to succeed; however, not all young people get the support and mentorship they need to thrive. Club alumni say that without intervention by caring adult mentors, they often would have made choices that could undermine their futures. For some 4.8 million youth across the country, staff members, junior staff members, and volunteers at Boys & Girls Clubs are the mentors that make a difference; and often that change and save young lives today.
Of special significance are the opinions of Boys & Girls Clubs alumni. An independent survey of Club alumni, conducted by Harris Interactive, revealed that BGC alumni firmly believe that Club membership had both an immediate and long-lasting impact on their lives.
- 62 percent of alumni said they became more committed to their education.
- 90 percent agreed that the Club was one of the best things available in their communities.
- 84 percent said that participating in the Club had a favorable impact on their families.
- An amazing 57 percent of alumni said the Club saved their lives.
Making an impact
We need the financial support of caring people like you to help us reach children who need us most. Your investment gives the Boys & Girls Club the chance to develop a generation of young Americans who are productive and caring citizens. They will become our community, national and world leaders, exhibiting strong character and integrity to build a better life for themselves, better communities for their fellow citizens and a stronger America.
For more information about the “It Just Takes One” campaign, please contact our Assistant Director, Koralee Bernardo at (775) 623-7993 x102 or email Koralee.