Archive for December, 2015

New Year's Resolutions at the Club

December 31st, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

It is that time of year where everyone reflects on 2015 and makes plans for 2016, filled with goals and resolutions for the future.  Here at the Clubs, it is no different and our youth took time to reflect on their year and make their resolutions for 2016.  Check out these amazing (and adorable) resolutions:

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The IRA Rollover is Now Permanent!

December 28th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

If you are 70 1/2 or older, the IRA rollover is a great way to make an IRA rollover gift to support  the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.  IRA rollover gifts can make a huge difference.  These gifts will help sustain the important work our Club does every day to serve the youth of Larimer County who need us the most.

There are a few details that we wanted to share with you about the bill and the IRA rollover:

  • The IRA rollover allows donors 70½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 directly from their IRA to charity each year.
  • An IRA rollover gift is a tax-exempt distribution.  Qualifying individuals can make charitable gifts using pre-tax IRA assets rather than taking a distribution, paying income taxes and using after-tax assets to make a charitable gift.
  • An IRA rollover gift can be used to meet all or part of an IRA required minimum distribution.
  • A permanent IRA rollover will give qualifying individuals certainty, allowing them to better manage their income, taxes, and charitable giving.
  • The bill is retroactive to December 31, 2014. If you made a gift directly from your IRA to us at any point during 2015, your gift will qualify as a rollover gift.
  • If you are considering making an IRA rollover gift, please give us a call at 970-223-1709.  We would be happy to talk to you more about this wonderful gift opportunity!

Getting in the Holiday Spirit!

December 25th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Holiday Happening 2015 - 2The Holidays are a busy time of year, and this is no exception at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County!  Each December, we celebrate our youth and the holidays in several ways:

Holiday Families:  The families most in need at our Clubs are treated to a little magic from "Santas" in Larimer County!  We gather wish lists from the families, and then local individuals and businesses "adopt" a family to gather up everything they want for the holidays.  Also, thanks to Kristi's Wish, we are able to provide each family gas cards, grocery store gift cards, a Christmas tree, and a traditional holiday meal with all the fixings!  Thank you to all the individuals and businesses for adopting families this year and for Kristi's Wish for supporting this wonderful program.

Holiday Happening:  All youth at the Clubs the first day school is out of session for winter break (December 21) join together at the Ranch in Loveland to have their very own festive holiday party!  There is a traditional holiday meal, face painting, a craft station, photo booth, music with a dance floor, and fun activities from AirBound including a bouncy house, large trampoline, and gyroscope.  Each youth also receives a goodie bag of gifts to celebrate!

Extended Hours:  During winter break, while most opportunities for youth are closed, the Clubs stay open!  Our dedicated staff offer amazing activities and programs all day long, each day while school is out of session to make sure our youth have a safe, fun place to be.

We wish you joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season and Happy New Year!

Girls Gym Takeover!

December 18th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (3) Often times, the gym at our Loveland Club is overrun with boys. There are always a few girls that jump in regularly with the boys, but for the most part, girls find other areas of the club to hang out in. In order to combat this issue, the Girls Gym Takeover Program was implemented at our Loveland Club.

The Girls Gym Takeover Program's main goal was to increase the number of girls participating in gym time throughout the week. The girls were given opportunities to provide input regarding activities and games that they would most like to participate in. Some of the activities that the girls c2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (6)ame up with were: Hula Hoop Challenges, Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Obstacle Courses, and Basketball. When asked about the Girls Takeover Program, Alissa, 9, stated, "I really like the hula hoop contests.  I would want to do more contests in the future!"

Since the implementation of the Girls Gym Takeover Program, the number of girls that set foot in the gym has increased dramatically from last spring!  The number 2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (5)of girls who attended at least one sport or fitness program grew from 85 female participants in the Spring of 2015 to 123 female participates this Fall. Likewise, the number of girls who participated at least weekly has doubled since last spring from 7 to 14 participants. Overall, this program has positively benefited the girls at our Loveland Club! One of the biggest benefits of the program was many of the girls became more comfortable with themselves and their athletic abilities. Of the 19 kids that graduated the Triple Play Program at our Club, 8 of them were female! That graduation rate can be partially attributed to the Girls Gym Takeover Program, which has given our female Club Members the extra time and exposure to gym activities.

 

Youth Providing Warmth

December 11th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Keystone ClubOne of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Good Character & Citizenship, with the goal of each youth becoming caring, productive, and responsible citizens. In order for our members to achieve Good Character & Citizenship, we provide leadership and service clubs that focus on: academic success, career preparation, and community service.

This Holiday season, our Torch Club and Keystone Club joined forces to help make blankets and collect canned food items for the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. The teens were incredibly passionate about this idea and got straight to work! For weeks, they worked on promoting their ideas by creating posters, talking with parents and staff members, and creating a book drive in order to raise the necessary money to buy blanket materials. By doing so, the Clubs raised nearly $80 and were able to buy 40 fleece blankets to donate. In addition, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store was kind enough to donate 30 fleece blankets.  After collecting blanket materials, the teens turned their attention to collecting canned food items. They put together a food drive and were able to collect 4 boxes and 3 bags of food items to donate as well.

Before the Thanksgiving Holiday, Staff Members took five Torch Club teens and five Keystone Club teens to The Rescue Mission. There, the teens were given a tour of the facility and were able to learn more about homelessness in the Fort Collins area.  After the tour, the teens dropped off their donations and left in smiles! They fully embraced the opportunity to give back to the community during the holiday season. We applaud them for all of their hard work and determination!

Colorado Eagles Hockey Team Visits Fort Collins Club

December 3rd, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

eagles hockeyColorado EaglesLast week, the Fort Collins Unit was ecstatic to host Jacob DeSerres and Kris Lazaruk of the Colorado Eagles Hockey Team. The pro players organized a large hockey game at the club and invited all Club Members to join in! Club Members were excited to get to try and beat the two professionals at their own game! Everyone was all smiles, even as the game came to an end with Jacob's team winning 7-5.

After the game, both players went around the Club talking with members about hockey, what it's like to play for the Colorado Eagles, and what they used to do for fun as a kid. Jacob and Kris were kind enough to sign autographs for the members as well! The two players have left our members talking about hockey for weeks to come.

The Colorado Eagles will be visiting all three Club locations at least once a month during their season this year! It is a great opportunity for our Club Members to have fun while being active!