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Parents benefit from Give & Receive Program

Club members Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recently re-launched the Give & Receive program. Through Give & Receive, if a program-eligible family cannot afford a child’s weekly programming fee, the Club can help reduce the fee if a parent or guardian gives back to the Club by volunteering their time. For example, if a family can only afford to pay $20 a week, they would volunteer at the Club for roughly two hours a week in exchange for the reduced fee.

This program has been well received by some eligible parents. At the Pennington Facility, the Club currently has 6 families coming in each day at various times to give back to the Club. Some of the their duties include sweeping, cleaning windows, filing away session forms, vacuuming, cleaning classrooms, making membership cards, etc.

This program is growing quickly as parents find this to be a great opportunity to assist them with fees. Most of the parents participating in this program are volunteering above and beyond their hours, as one parent said, “ I love helping out this organization because this organization has helped me tremendously, and it’s the least that I could do.”

A special thanks to all of Club’s Give & Receive families for making this program a success!

National Boys & Girls Club Week!

During National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22 – March 28, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows joins thousands of other Clubs across the nation to show how Print‘Great Futures’ begin at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Click here to download the Boys & Girls Club Week activity schedule

Boys & Girls Nite Out, Wednesday, March 25, is an opportunity for volunteers to come into the Club and spend some quality time with Club members. Volunteers and members are matched and join in on a fun-filled evening with carnival games, snacks, activities, and awesome circus acts from Circus Circus Reno.

This is a great opportunity for corporate and community groups looking for a fun way to give back to the community. Volunteering can be an enjoyable way to engage coworkers and employees in team building as well as bonding outside of the workplace. If you, or anyone you know, would like to be a part of this fun evening, please contact Nichelle Hull, Volunteer Coordinator at (775) 360-2449 or email.

Click here to download Boys & Girls Nite Out Flyer

“It’s all about the kids” for YLC

By Jeff Conner, Young Leaders Committee Chair

Young Leaders Committee “It’s all about the kids” is a mantra frequently heard around the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (BGCTM). If you have seen the effort the Board of Directors and BGCTM staff put into making the Club run the way it does, you know there is a lot of truth to that statement. Individually and collectively, they make it their mission to make the Truckee Meadows a stronger community by providing a safe place where every child in our community has an opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and excel. But, a recent change around the BGCTM has added a significant, new element to how the Club is helping build a stronger Truckee Meadows.

About five years ago, the Board of Directors and BGCTM staff recognized a need to encourage more young professionals in our community to become engaged in philanthropy. So, the BGCTM partnered with the Young Professionals Network to create what is now called the Young Leaders Committee (YLC). For a lack of better terminology, the YLC is a junior board of directors for the BGCTM and has quickly become a training ground that exposes young professionals to the world of philanthropy.

The members of the YLC are extremely thankful to the Board of Directors and the BGCTM staff for their willingness to take us in and give us our own opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and excel. And, we can only hope that the contributions the YLC makes to the BGCTM’s mission of making the Truckee Meadows a stronger community are comparable to the valuable experience the members of the YLC are gaining by serving as members of the BGCTM family.

Thankful for your continued support . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm  

Fall is upon us and the leaves are beginning to turn. This always evokes thoughts and feelings about friends and family and all we have to be thankful for at the Boys & Girls Club. This past year we have been able to accomplish some amazing things. We had hoped to see 300 kids a day at the new Pennington Facility, and there were days this past summer we saw between 500-600 kids. With the addition of the new property, we are well on our way to serving over 13,000 youth, which is up considerably over last year’s total of more than 12,000.

AwardsBanquet_1200x1200_PostImageWhile the opening of the William N. Pennington Facility created a great deal of excitement at the beginning of the year, we still have so much to accomplish before 2014 closes. My favorite event of the year, the Annual Awards Banquet, is just around the corner. This year’s Male and Female Youth of the Year are as incredible as any we have had in the past. The kids are poised to tell their stories about the obstacles they have overcome in their lives and how the Club and our community have helped put them on a path to success. We will also be honoring this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner, which annually goes to the organization’s top volunteer. This year’s recipient is Nick Rossi. Nick is part of a multigenerational Nevada family, runs the successful LP Insurance Services business, and supports many great causes in Northern Nevada, including the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He joins a very prestigious list of those who have won this award in the past.

While people support the Boys & Girls Club year-round, the beginning of December also marks the beginning of our Holiday Help program. If you want your support to go directly to kids and families, then Holiday Help is the program for you. We are currently looking for individuals that want to be matched with families in need over the holidays. Last year, we were able to help hundreds of kids and families, and this year we hope to help even more. If you want to adopt a family at Christmas, call Kathleen Vanderziel at (775) 360-2450. Your support again is greatly appreciated.

If you want to make an impact in person, once again we are partnering with Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill to offer our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility on Wednesday, November 26. If you want to volunteer your time to help serve more than 1,500 meals to those in the community that are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, then call Anne Studebaker, Volunteer Coordinator, at (775) 360-2449. Call soon, as there are limited volunteer spots available.

And finally, we are also running our annual It Just Takes One campaign. Currently, Board members are in the community asking individuals to give generously to this year’s campaign. Our goals are lofty, but there are still many more kids that we can serve. So as you reflect and give thanks for the things in your life, perhaps you can make a little room to help a child in need at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. You will be glad that you did!