Posts Tagged ‘volunteerism’

Volunteers needed for “Read to Me” Program

The Boys & Girls Club Early Learning Program announced a new program called Read to Me. The program focuses on enhancing the reading skills of the youngest members of the Club to improve their ability to achieve in school.

Volunteers will read weekly to four groups of children, ranging in age from 2 to 5. The volunteers will read to children for one hour intervals during the week. It is expected that more than 80 children will be read to each week. Initially, the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks will work in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and the Washoe County School District to run the program.

The Read to Me Program will be staffed by the Assistance League members/volunteers and will be led by Karen McGee. Ms. McGee formerly taught primary grades (Kindergarten – 3rd grade) for 15 years and she was the Washoe County School District K-6 Language Arts (Reading) Coordinator for 15 years. We are looking for Volunteers to commit to at least one hour a month. Volunteers will be trained and will receive all materials to participate in the program.

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school,” said McGee.

For more information or to sign up for our next training please contact Brittina or call (775) 322-9030.


Awards Banquet Honors local businessman, Jack Stanko and Female and Male Youth of the Year 

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recognizes the best in volunteerism and community support at this year’s “Adventures in Oz” themed 36th Annual Awards Banquet, Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Cocktail service begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m.

The 36th Annual Awards Banquet honors Jack Stanko, president, Champion Chevrolet with the 2012 Distinguished Service award and also includes a program featuring Club talent show winners in an “Adventures in Oz” performance that takes the stage throughout the evening.

The night also honors the children who make a difference in the lives of friends and peers by living the Club’s mission each day, leading by example and helping others. Nine members from the Club’s youth and teen centers are set to receive a Member of the Year award, saluting his or her service and guidance among the Club’s 10,000 members. The 2012 Male and Female Youth of the Year awards also are awarded that evening.

“We are very much looking forward to honoring those that provide tremendous support and leadership at the Club during the Annual Awards Banquet,” said Mike Wurm, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “Each year we thank those who strive to be a positive influence in the lives of children and we are extremely excited for this year’s “Adventures in Oz” themed event – it will be quite a show.”

The 36th Annual Awards Banquet includes hosted cocktails from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards. The Emerald City sponsorship is available for $1,300 and includes a 10-person table and full-page ad, while the $1,200 Yellow Brick Road sponsor receives a 10-person table and half-page ad. Ten-person tables are available for $1,000 and individual tickets are $100 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Erin Pieretti at 775-331-5437 or

Club teens clean up

By Kyle Smith, Site Coordinator

SparksTeensVideoCrew2Giving back is a critical component of maintaining healthy communities. Ranging in age from 13 to 18 and hailing from several different schools, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows teens worked with a video crew from the City of Sparks to document how volunteerism can help our community, especially during difficult financial times.

This dynamic is demonstrated in our relationship with Sparks – the teens at the Club at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center volunteer to clean up Ardmore Park on a regular basis.


While the clean-ups are usually done in smaller groups, a larger group of 26 teen volunteers came out last week to do an annual pickup of the entire property surrounding the Club. Tony Pehle and Kelly Hanson at the City of Sparks have been crucial in maintaining a healthy and accommodating atmosphere for the teens at the Club at LDJ.  As a thank you to those who generously provide to the Club, the teens and staff make it a priority to serve as well.