Archive for November, 2015

Giving Thanks!

November 25th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

This time of year always encourages reflection of what we have to be thankful for.  Here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, we are thankful for all of the inspiring youth we serve each day!  This past fiscal year (June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015), our work also gave us much to be thankful for:

- Youth in Larimer County participating in Club programming:  3,260 I4_7y0y6UUvGfEgg3VwTfrtv2k1IlipsRFYM2U6HedQ,4MBEksH3tYLCdmszIqIKUgkUgYW2sN-5FTn3PozNWvc
- Average Daily Attendance:  413 youth
- Total teens served:  1,107
- One fourth of youth served are living in single adult homes
- Over 65% of Club kids are on free and reduced lunch at school

Join us in supporting these amazing youth!  There are many ways to help, here are just a few during this Holiday Season:

- Use Amazon Smile while doing your online shopping
- Schedule your gift to BGCLC for Colorado Gives Day (mark your calendars - it is on December 8th!).
- Sign up to adopt a Club family in need this holiday season.
- Sponsor our Holiday Happening - a holiday party for youth at the Club the week of Christmas.

And, of course, we are thankful for YOU, our amazing supporters.  Thank you for your investment in the youth of Larimer County and we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Meet Jesse Cardenas, Technology Specialist at the Loveland Unit

November 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Jesse Cardenas
Jesse has been the Technology Specialist at the Loveland Unit for over a year now. He has done a great job of implementing internet safety courses to members and parents! Lately, Jesse has been helping members with Lego Robotics and has a competitionthis Saturday! Read below to learn more about Jesse!

 

1. What is your favorite type of food?
My favorite type of food besides Mexican would be Italian food. I really love Chicken Alfredo and Lasagna.

 

2. What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going to Rome, Italy and looking at some of the amazing Roman Architecture!

 

3. If you were trapped on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I was trapped on an island I would bring: someone to talk to, plenty of water, and a helicopter!

 

4. What is a unique talent that you have?
A unique talent that I have is that I enjoy teaching.

 

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
A typical day at work is always fun!  I enjoy teaching members new things and I also learn a lot from them as well.

The Growing Project!

November 16th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet.  Members from the Fort Collins Unit just wrapped up a multi week program that involved weekly trips to Hope Farms to learn about organic gardening and farming, along with additional activities at the Club including recycled art projects and making healthy snacks. Thank you to volunteers from the Growing Project for making it all happen! 

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Anti-Bullying Week

November 6th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

This week, our Club Members decided to take a stand against bullying by participating in Anti-Bully Week. One of our main goals was to teach our Club Members how to respect themselves and others.  Throughout the week, the kids learned about the negative impacts of bullying and that it can come in many different forms (direct, indirect, cyber, and physical).

After learning more about bullying, our Club Members in Loveland created an Anti-Bully Pledge for youth to sign. The pledge was then hung up in the middle of the Games Room for youth, volunteers, parents, and staff members to see. Club Members also made blue ribbon bracelets that represent Anti-Bullying Awareness and promote further education of anti-bullying programs in schools and organizations.

Loveland Anti Bully Pledge

anti bully week

Our Fort Collins Club Members created a PSA that emphasized the "Stop. Walk Away. Talk to a Staff Member" approach. Along with this, members created posters that they hung up around the club that stated, "Stop, Walk, Talk." Many of the members were very motivated to speak in the film and had some powerful statements about how they have experienced bullying in their own lives.

At our Wellington Club, youth were asked to make a list of 30 random acts of kindness that they completed during the week. Some of the acts included: cheering up kids who may have felt left out, talking to a friend when he/she needed me, and helping staff clean up the Art Room.

Many of our Club Members expressed how much they enjoyed the activity. Wellington Club Member, Violet, told staff, "I liked doing this because it tells you that you are being kind to others and you are respecting the Boys & Girls Club." Below, Violet is excited to show off her 30 Random Acts of Kindness list!

Wellington Anti Bully Week

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Good Character & Citizenship, with the goal of modeling strong character; whether at the Club or in the community. Anti-Bully Week was a way for our kids to learn how to be strong role models and develop good character. Overall, it was a positive learning experience for our Club Members!

Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

November 5th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Your donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County qualifies for the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit! (a 50% State tax credit in addition to the standard Federal and State income tax deductions).

The CCCCTC was established in 1999 to encourage greater private support of Colorado child care programs.  In addition to the standard Federal and State income tax deductions, the credit provides a 50 percent state tax credit.  Starting in December 2010, the availability of the credit in each subsequent year depended on the Legislative Council’s December Revenue Forecast.  General Fund appropriations needed to grow six percent or more (the “trigger”) over the previous year in order for the credit to be available.  In June 2011, House Bill 1014 changed the manner in which a contribution may claim credit; the bill repealed the trigger starting in 2013.

In 2015 and going forward, 100% of the total of the tax credits earned through contribution made in 2015 plus all remaining accrued carry forward credits may be claimed.

Tax Saving Examples
(Illustration only; please consult with your tax advisor.)

 Federal Income Tax Bracket 28% 33% 35%
 Contribution  $1,000  $1,000  $1,000
 Colorado Child Care Credit  ($500)  ($500)  ($500)
 Charitable Deduction Colorado Tax Saving  ($46.30)  ($46.30)  ($46.30)
 Charitable Deduction Federal Tax Saving  ($280)  ($330)  ($350)
 Related Federal Tax Effect*  $152.96  $180.28  $191.21
 After Tax Costs of Gift to BGCLC  $326.66  $303.98  $294.91
 Total Tax Saving  $673.34  $696.02  $705.10