Archive for November, 2016

5 Things BGCLC is Thankful For

November 24th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, we are thankful everyday to be able to do what we do. It takes a lot of things to make sure youth receive a great future, and luckily, we've found those key ingredients. This year, we're thankful for these five things:

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Safe club environments for the youth of Larimer County!

Our Club locations are supportive environments that provide help, care and fun opportunities for youth. We strive to make Clubs locations that youth can be themselves, find their passions and help prepare them for great futures.

A GREAT team of staff

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Not to sound bias or anything...but our staff rocks. From Unit Directors to Jr. staff to our event specialist, our staff are all passionate, caring, dedicated individuals who work hard in order for the Clubs, youth and programs to succeed. We wouldn't be expanding and progressing if it wasn't for a whole team of awesome people.

Awesome community partners

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We wouldn't be able to do half of the rad programs we do if it wasn't for generous community partners who are willingly and able to help teach programs, volunteer their time or take our club youth on field trips.

Supportive sponsors and donors

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Anyone who has worked at a nonprofit knows that funding is key. We are beyond thankful for our sponsors of events who give their time, energy and funds to make the days possible. We're allowed to grow because of continued support from donors and sponsors!

Volunteers, volunteers, volunteers

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Without volunteers we wouldn't be able to do half the things we do! From helping out at clubs and events to helping complete tasks at Program Support, all of our volunteers mean the world to us and we are so, so thankful for their giving and kind hearts.

What are you thankful for this year?

9 things you didn't know about Kristi's Wish

November 17th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Lately you've probably seen us advertising Kristi's Wish on social media. Stars? $1? What is this? Don't worry, we've got all the answers!

Kristi's Wish is a fundraising campaign that runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15

You can participate and donate at any Shrader's County Stores in Larimer County

The cost to participate is only $1. That's right, $1.

Kristi's Wish is a part of the Kristi Visocky Memorial Fund (Kristi's Fund) that was created in memory of Kristi Visocky, who was killed in an auto accident in 05/03.

Determined to keep the compassion of Kristi alive, this fund was set up to provide scholarships and assistance to area young women as well as support community organizations.

Kristi's Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is family-ran and completely volunteer supported and staffed.

Last year, Kristi's Wish raised over $100,000

Since 2003, the Foundation has awarded $180,000 in scholarships to 90 area young women and over $350,000 in support of area organizations.

Kristi's Wish has helped support the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County which is to serve youth and give them the tools needed for Great Futures.

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This campaign (Kristi's Wish) is just one of the fundraising events Kristi's Fund participates in. They also hold The Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament and Big Night Out events annually.

For additional information on Kristi's Wish and Kristi's Fund, visit their website.

Volunteer of the Month: Alumni Elyse

November 10th, 2016 by Laura Smith

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Technically, the cut-off for Club kids is 18, but that doesn't mean that the fun stops there. The BGCLC Alumni Service Group is a piece of us that we are proud/thankful to exist. The founder of that group, Elyse, sat down with us last week to talk about why she reconnected with other alumni and her plans for the future. Thanks for #givingback Elyse!

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Can you tell us a little about your experience with BGCLC? When did you start coming to the Club?

I started attending at age 14 with my younger sibling. To be honest, initially, I didn't want to go, but quickly connected with other BGCLC teens that led to meaningful, long-lasting relationships. I really enjoyed the sports aspect and also Power Hour. After nine months as a member, I was asked by staff to become a Junior Staff...where I served until I was 18.

What have you been up to since leaving the Club? 

After graduating High School, I attended a private Christian School for a short time before acquiring a full-time job, where I focused on becoming self-sufficient. Shortly after, I started school again, this time pursuing my Associate's Degree from AIMS Community College. Now, I'm still in school, studying Human Development and Family Studies at CSU.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to one day work for a non-profit that champions vulnerable populations like youth and veterans.

What made you want to reconnect with fellow Club Members? 

While studying at CSU, I realized how important social relationships are and decided to reconnect with my BGCLC family.

Why does it matter to stay involved?

After talking with Kathi (Executive Director BGCLC) about forming a BGCLC Alumni Club, I had the idea of starting a BGCLC Alumni Service Club so that I could reconnect with fellow BGCLC members while also giving back to the organization.

What has been your experience reconnecting?

It's been wonderful reconnecting, but hard to organize social action projects with everyone's busy schedules. It's slow going, but a worthwhile project that I hope to develop and grow over time.

If you're a BGCLC Alum and interested in joining the group, find them on Facebook!

 

BGCLC Visits Lucky Three Ranch

November 3rd, 2016 by Laura Smith

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County LOVE field trips. But then again, who doesn't?! A few weeks back Club Kids got to get outside and visit Lucky Three Ranch located near Loveland.

Lucky Three Ranch is ran by Meredith Hodges, an animal advocate and horse/mule trainer. Hodges, daughter of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, has spent many years developing Lucky Three Ranch as a haven for the promotion and preservation of mules and donkeys while also serving as a center of education for the public.

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As a longtime supporter of the BGCLC, Hodges was generous enough to spend an afternoon with Club Kids. And, it's safe to say they had a blast.

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Youth were able to learn about the inner workings of a mule ranch while also getting the chance to spend some time in the great outdoors. As a part of the ranch, there are many sculptures on the grounds, which youth thoroughly enjoyed. Youth even got to climb on them!

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As well as exploring the grounds and meeting the different mules, youth really enjoyed meeting Jasper the mule and seeing his bunkhouse.

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After an afternoon of exploring, laughing and learning all things ranch life, the Club Kids bid farewell...but not after saying, "when do we get to come again?"

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Thanks for supporting us Meredith, we can't wait to hang out again!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Awarded Grant by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

November 3rd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Grant provides $10,000 of funding for Triple Play healthy lifestyles program!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County received a new grant to improve the health and well-being of Larimer County youth, thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. The Club provides kids and teens with critical programming during out-of-school time that creates a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. This grant is one of over 100 distributed across the county by the Anthem Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which focuses on being healthy through the mind, body and soul.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is issuing a Triple Play grant to the Club to provide programming encouraging healthy eating and physical activities for Club members. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s proven health and wellness program, Triple Play is a game plan for the mind, body and soul. Supported by founding sponsor The Coca-Cola Company and co-sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the program’s three components encourage Club members to eat healthier (mind), become more physically active (body) and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships (soul).
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is committed to improving health and strengthening Larimer County communities. Through its Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation works to identify the issues most in need of attention and then directs its financial support and volunteer efforts toward improving health in those areas. Promoting youth health and active lifestyles is an ongoing focus of the foundation.
This Triple Play grant is part of a five-year, $10 million commitment from the Anthem Foundation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to promote healthy lifestyles.