Holiday Gifts Give Year-Round to our Members
There will be an envelope from Boys & Girls Club of Door County in your mailbox very shortly. In fact, there may be envelopes from two or three other organizations in there as well. This is a popular time of year for non-profits to ask our community for help. Here are a couple of thoughts as you decide which envelope to open:
- Right now at Boys & Girls Club (BGC), more than 300 members are deep into the second session of our after-school program. These young people are building the foundations for the engaged, productive lives we hope will keep them thriving in Door County, raising families of their own, earning a living wage, running for office, and bringing their good character and citizenship to the next generation. BGC classes are in one of four core competencies: Education and Career Skills; The Arts; Healthy Lifestyles and Life Skills; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The NASA Out-of-School Learning Program is hugely popular, as is the brand new Peninsula Singers Youth Choir. In the Teen Center, youth are interviewing to be hired for the Snack Shack where they plan the menu, figure margins and determine pricing, order food, market the Snack Shack to their peers, and then manage inventory and pay bills. Our youngest members in Kindergarten enjoy weekly visits by community partners such as the Door Civility Project, HELP of Door County, Sturgeon Bay Police Dept., local authors and artisits among others. Reading buddies and therapy dogs are long-standing friends for all ages at the Club.
- Snacks five days a week, plus dinner three evenings can make a critical improvement in the life of a food-insecure child. In addition, the “Kids Kitchen” project teaches members how to prepare tasty nutritious meals, then sends them home with a backpack of food for the family over the weekend.
- Any member may ask to go into the Basic Needs Closet at any time. It’s difficult to be confident in school when you have no deodorant or shoes with holes in the middle of winter. If it’s been more than a week since you could brush your teeth because there’s no toothbrush or toothpaste at home. If clean clothes are rarely available because the washer is broken and there’s no money to repair it. In addition to the many wonderful clothing and hygiene items donated by BGC friends, the Club purchases items when the need is dire, which is often.
- Trained staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Door County work with County of Door CCS in a mutual Social and Emotional Learning effort for individual members.
The Donation Opportunities page http://bgcdoorcounty.org/donation-options/ describes specific amounts and what BGC can accomplish for those donations. We appreciate your help at whatever level is comfortable. And we love to give tours of the Hatch Center. Please call Adam Sutter at 920.818.1046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.