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BGCTM Receives $7,500 Contribution from Amerigroup Nevada and its Foundation at Day for Kids Event

Amerigroup Check PresentationAmerigroup Nevada and its foundation contributed a total of $7,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows to improve the health and well-being of youth in Reno, Sparks and Fernley. As Nevada’s kids and teens head back to school, through this contribution, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows provides them with critical programming during after-school time that provides a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle.

“Kids and teens today face a variety of challenges when it comes to eating healthy and staying physically fit. That’s why we support the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, to help ensure that our youth build life-long healthy habits with a firm foundation of support,” said Eric Lloyd, president of Amerigroup Nevada.

The total $7,500 contribution is from a $2,500 Day for Kids event sponsorship from Amerigroup Nevada and $5,000 Focus Grant from the Amerigroup Foundation. The Day for Kids event that took place this past Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foster Field at Reno High School and Amerigroup Nevada’s sponsorship provided health education information and a fun filled day of physical activities for youth and families in Reno. The $5,000 Focus Grant provides programming focused on teaching the importance of healthy eating habits and being physically active. It also provides youth the ability to learn about ways to increase their fruit and veggie consumption and living a healthy lifestyle.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Amerigroup Nevada, because without their support we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year,” said Mike Wurm, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “These activities and programs provide much needed health information to youth who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive.”

About Amerigroup Nevada

Amerigroup Nevada helps improve health care access and quality for approximately 180,000 low-income Nevadans by developing innovative care management programs and services. Members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Amerigroup Nevada provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. Through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Club provides ‘fun with a purpose’ . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm 

Summer time is here! It has been an incredible start to what is sure to be an exciting and fun filled summer. At most of our seven Summer Camp sites, Clubs have opened to record numbers and we are only three weeks into the session! Staff have worked hard to put together a ‘Fun with a Purpose,’ action packed summer. At the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, we keep kids learning throughout the year, so when summer is over, they are ready to go back to school without losing any learning momentum. Please take a moment to read in this newsletter, how our Summer BRAIN GAIN Program combats summer learning loss through intentional programming.

This June also marked the one year anniversary of the opening of the William N. Pennington Facility on Foster Drive. The staff at our newest facility has done a tremendous job of building a program the kids love to attend. Daily over 500 children and teens participate in a variety of programs and activities designed to keep them engaged and interested. We are thankful for the Pennington Foundation as well as the many other local foundations, corporations and individuals for supporting this project. After only one year there is no doubt this was a necessary and needed addition to the community.

Also, our mission to ‘reach the kids that need us most’ continues in our newest project. Over a year ago, we took over the operations of the Project Solution property on Bresson Avenue in Reno. Currently, we are exploring options to convert this property into a Boys & Girls Club. While much work has to be done, this facility has the potential to have the same impact on its community as the facility on Foster Drive has had. Please look for future information on how you may be able to help with this much needed project.

Again, please take a few minutes to look through the July addition of the Club Chronicle. I think you will be happy to see how your support is changing lives every day in the Truckee Meadows!

Let’s get ready for summer . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm 

BGC_group Summer is fast approaching, and things are really starting to come together for a great Out of School Time experience for the kids of Northern Nevada. At this time of year, Boys & Girls Clubs in Northern Nevada and North and South Lake Tahoe come together to plan exciting programs, activities and experiences for your children. Over the summer we will apply strategies to support schools in their quest to educate our kids by using Summer GAIN Strategies that help guide children through fun, educational activities that will prepare them to start the new school year in August 2015.

Recently, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has been seeing nearly 2,500 kids per day between 20 sites stretching from Cold Springs all the way to Fernley. The summer numbers promise to be higher than ever with the William N. Pennington Facility celebrating its one year anniversary in June. A facility you may not have heard as much about, the Project Solution Facility on Bresson Avenue is also approaching a milestone of its own. A year ago this June, the Boys & Girls Club took over day-to-day operations at Project Solution, bringing full service Club programming to a very deserving community.  The Club continues to explore opportunities with this facility, and we believe this will lead to even better program and activity opportunities for the kids of Libby Booth Elementary, Veterans Elementary and Vaughn Middle School. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information in the months ahead.

Finally, the biggest change kids and parents may see will occur in the Fall of 2015. When the traditional school year begins in August, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will be instituting a weekly fee at our Clubhouses: Donald W. Reynolds, William N. Pennington, Neil Road, Lemmon Valley and Project Solution facilities. Much like the fees currently charged at school sites and the summer program, no child will be turned away from services at any Club because of an inability to pay. In fact, even though we have had summer fees since 1995, we estimate more than 65 percent of the children who use our Clubs today pay no fees or have fees significantly reduced so they can participate in our programs.

Please know we have conducted parent focus groups, had numerous staff discussions and had extensive discussions about the shift to fees with our board of directors all in an effort to make this transition as smooth as possible. Also, please know the fees generated will be used to help continue to improve services to kids by hiring additional program staff and providing even more opportunities for our kids. In addition to afterschool program fees, we also are employing numerous other strategies to continue to increase resources, like growing our board of directors, adding a fundraising community board, increasing existing special events and exploring new grant opportunities. All of these efforts will help us to continue to grow existing Club sites and explore new opportunities in the future.

Please take the time to read through the May E-Newsletter and learn about some new and creative programming such as our Teeny Tots Sports and Junior Giants programs. We appreciate you, and because of your support, we continue to serve those in our community who need it the most… the kids.

Include charitable giving as part of your Estate Plan

Have you ever wished you could help but thought you couldn’t afford to give? Perhaps you are concerned that giving may affect your cash flow or your family’s financial Wills and Trustssecurity. There is good news! You can support the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows without a major financial impact on yourself or your family. You may be surprised to learn that you can take some important steps to make a difference in our community with your gift, without giving away the assets you may need now or later in life. Including charitable giving as part of your estate plan will help you do just that! Here are two ways you can help today through a commitment for tomorrow.

Bequests: Naming the Club as a beneficiary in your will or trust is one of the easiest ways to help our cause. This gift will have no impact on your current lifestyle, and you can make a big difference in the lives of the children we serve. A bequest offers you flexibility and can be changed at any time. For example, you can make a gift to the Club only if you outlive your spouse or others you wish to support.

Beneficiary Designations: There are some assets that are easier than others to give to charity. Best of all, making these gifts doesn’t require a visit to your attorney to draft a will or codicil. For example, you can name us as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, investment account or life insurance policy. Many plan administrators and financial services companies include forms online, which makes it easy for you to complete a change of beneficiary. There are many easy, affordable ways to give back and make a difference!

Contact Iris Key, Resource Development Director, at (775) 360-2455 or email today – and then speak with your attorney or advisors – to learn more about the ways you can help your favorite charitable causes.