Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Boys & Girls Club: A BBB Charity

"No other event brings together people of such diverse cultures, economic conditions, and ages for the common purpose of having a goodtime and helps out some great organizations in the process.”  -Autumn Hendrix, Development Coordinator

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Established in 1941 as a "Boys Club," the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville has been at the forefront of youth development in Northwest Arkansas for the better part the last century.  The organization was known for many years as the Fayetteville Youth Center, but re-affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) in 1999.  In September of 2003, the doors to the new Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club opened, providing our community’s youth and families with a state-of-the-art facility to take part in recreational, educational, character building and family activities.  The Club serves our community through memberships, organized sports, instructional programming, meetings, civic gatherings, birthday and holiday parties and community wide special events.  The Club is designed to bring families from diverse backgrounds together in a positive social environment.

Our mission is to be a resource for families to improve the quality of their lives through the development of youth in a safe environment. Although, our target population is youth between the ages of 6-18 with an emphasis on outreach to those in at-risk environments, we also strongly encourage family interaction and involvement, as it is our belief that we can have a positive impact on our youth if we can impact the entire family unit.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville provides a variety of youth programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership; Education and Career; The Arts; Health and Life Skills; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. We also provide free community-wide events which strengthen the community and a membership scholarship program is available for those community members with a financial need.  

BBB FUNDING AND WHO IT HELPED

The Club received our most recent funding from BBB to assist with our Outreach Program.  The mission of Outreach is to assist low income children living in public housing units in the Fayetteville area.  Through the Outreach Program, our staff members transport these children from their neighborhoods to the Club where they can spend the afternoon taking part in character building activities. They also take part in community service activities and go on field trips. We then provide transportation for them to their homes in the evening.

The current housing units we serve are: Washington Plaza, Grandview, Garland Square and Southmont.  We also have a partnership with Washington Elementary School to provide assistance to their underserved students through the Creative Cats Afterschool Program. The Creative Cats program focuses on programming in education, physical fitness, leadership and character building and is for children who are struggling in school due in part to their economic status. Additionally, we provide transportation to the Club from Asbell Elementary, Washington Elementary and the Yvonne Richardson Center.

The youth involved in the Outreach Program are actively involved in community service.  By working in conjunction with the Torch and Keystone Clubs, teen service and leadership clubs, they have adopted two city streets (Rupple Road and Leroy Pond Drive) and deliver Christmas carols and holiday cheer to local nursing homes.

HOW TO HELP THE CLUB

We strongly believe in the valuable role that volunteers play in transforming the lives of our members. As little as one hour per week is all it takes to have a positive impact on a child’s life. The Club offers volunteer opportunities for adults to work directly with youth as mentors and tutors, and by providing career guidance, internships and college preparation support. We also welcome corporate and other groups seeking service opportunities.

The Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club is very serious about our responsibility for the youth in our care. We are proud of our excellent reputation as a safe haven for youth. Therefore, all volunteers serving in an ongoing capacity (excluding one-day service projects) must be over 18 and undergo a thorough screening process including a background check.

For more information about how you can donate your time or make a financial gift to the Club please visit www.fayettevillekids.org or call Autumn Hendrix at 479-442-9242 x146.

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