Archive for the ‘Volunteering’ Category

Volunteer of the Month: Javier!

April 5th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To highlight our volunteers, we will be featuring one AWESOME volunteer each month.  If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!

This month we meet Javier Eiserman. Javier volunteers at our Harmony Village location during the week. The youth love him and he's always brightening their (and our) day! He'll be teaching in Nicaragua this summer, but we can't wait to hear about his adventures when he returns!

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1. What is your favorite smell?
My favorite smell is peppermint or the freshness in the air after it rains.
2. What is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?
That is a hard one, but I'd say either Li River in China or Paris (the Eiffel Tower).
3. Would you rather win an Olympic medal, academy award, or Nobel peace prize and why?
Nobel because it means I hopefully helped a lot of people.
4. What is the bravest thing you've ever done?
Climbed a volcano in Guatemala.
5. What do you like most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?
The kiddos that we work with are amazing and full of energy that will always brighten your day.

Holiday Service Challenges!

January 12th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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The holidays may technically be over, but that doesn't mean the spirit of the holidays has to fade (or the tree has to come down). We're still channeling the holiday cheer here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and hope you'll join us!
During the holiday season, each Unit was asked to participate in a Service Challenge as a part of one of our core priority outcomes: Good Character & Leadership. Read on to find out what our Units did for the community this season!
Fort Collins Unit 
This year, the Fort Collins Unit made personalized ornaments for the occupants at The Remington House affiliated with The Jacob Center. The Jacob Center was founded in 1988 by three social workers. The name Jacob is typically associated with healing and also refers to an ancient surveying instrument (Jacob Staff) that helps people get their bearings. The Jacob Center focuses on working with youth, families and the community to inspire positive, long-lasting change. A part of that, the Remington House, services a range of behavioral and emotional issues, including abuse, family relational issues, trauma issues and substance abuse. To help boost spirits, Club Members of the SMART (skills mastery and resistance training) Moves program made ornaments and then educated other Club Members about The Jacob Center and how it correlates with the lessons provided in SMART Moves.
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Loveland Units 
Following along with their summer service challenge (commUNITY), the Loveland Unit collected an assortment of clothes that they donated to Homeless Gear. They are hoping to follow up commUNITY part two by hosting the Loveland Police Department at the Club Unit for another activity.
Wellington Unit 
 This year, the Torch Club (a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13) hosted a coat drive! Club Members were able to donate 50 coats to Zion Lutheran who gave the coats to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Torch Club made posters and asked community members to donate coats.
Great work to all our Club Members for their selfless work this holiday season!

Volunteer of the Month: Avrial!

January 5th, 2017 by Laura Smith
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To show appreciation to our volunteers, we introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!
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(Avrial is pictured in the center)
Avrial (Turner), a music education student at Colorado State University, is currently running a music education program at the Fort Collins Unit! While she has many musical talents, she specializes in piano and singing.
What makes Avrial so unique (in just one way that is), is that Avrial was born deaf. Instead of cochlear implants, Avrial's family opted to utilize music therapy as a means to engage and develop her auditory and speech functions. Growing up, music became an intense passion for Avrial and easily integrated into every aspect of her life.
During her time at the Fort Collins Unit, Avrial works with Club Members to develop musicianship using the Orff Method. This method, developed by German composer Carl Orff, combines music, movement, drama and speech in a way similar to children's play. She hopes to develop music pieces for Members to perform at Club events as well as develop a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and the CSU School of Music.
Post graduation, Avrial hopes to inspire children through music education (in a K-12 setting) and incorporate music therapy into her teachings. She keeps that goal at the forefront of her mind by keeping busy volunteering at the Club and also performing regularly with an accompanist group at events across Fort Collins.
Thank you so much for volunteering with us Avrial and for being such an inspiration to our Club Kids!

5 Reasons to Give at the End of the Year.

December 21st, 2016 by Laura Smith

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2016 might be quickly (how is it almost New Years Eve?!) coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to give back and make the future of a youth in Larimer County bright. So while there still might be gifts to buy and stockings to hang, the year isn't over yet. Together, we can  give back before getting from others.

Here are five reasons why end of the year giving will always land you on the nice list.

It makes you feel good.

There's a lot of bad things in this world, but that doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. You know what makes you feel good? Doing good. No matter the amount of money or the length of time, giving to charities helps put a little sunshine and warmth back into the world. And who doesn't like sunshine and warmth? (Especially in these Colorado winters...)

Donating to the BGCLC qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

When you make a donation to the BGCLC, you can reduce your taxes through the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit. This means that in addition to the standard Federal and State Income Tax deductions, the credit provides a 50 percent state tax credit for donations made to the BGCLC. Learn more about the CCCCTC here.

As little as a $10 donation gives one youth a full-year membership to a Club Unit.

$10! That's all it takes to give one youth in Larimer County a full-year of programs, hours of fun and a safe environment to grow in. While $10 might not seem like much, it supplies 365 days of having somewhere to call home.

You'll be a leader/motivator for others.

Have kids or a partner who looks up to you? Be their #givingback leader this holiday season. Make like Rudolph and lead that sleigh of holiday cheer.

Volunteering counts as #givingback if you can't give money.

Aren't able to part with funds this year? Totally OK! Grab some friends and volunteer for a few hours this holiday season...the more the merrier we always say. #timeismoneytoo

 

Volunteers of the month: Sam & Alex Gray!

December 1st, 2016 by Laura Smith

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. Which is why we couldn't be happier to introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!

Meet Sam & Alex Gray, volunteer gurus! 

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Sam and Alex Gray have been volunteering at the Loveland-Pulliam Boys & Girls Club for the past three months. During their time at the Club, they've started a knitting club and brought several fun activities to the arts room. They are both OJP mentors for our Club Members.

We really appreciate Sam and Alex's dedication to the Club as well as the art room as we searched for a new Arts Program Specialist!

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?

Volunteer of the month: Theresa!

October 20th, 2016 by Laura Smith
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. Which is why we couldn't be happier to introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!
Meet Theresa, volunteer extraordinaire! 
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Theresa (left) while completing Ride the Rockies

What is your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is of freshly cut grass in the summer.

What is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?

 The most beautiful place I've ever been is in the mountains of Austria near Salzburg. If you've ever seen The Sound of Music you've had a glimpse of what it looks like!

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award, or the Nobel Peace Prize?

I would definitely want to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Giving back and working for the greater good is just in my nature!

What is the bravest thing you've ever done?

The bravest thing I've ever done was leaving home to go to college. It may not sound like a great act of bravery, but that life change was huge for me. I struggled a lot with the transition process and when I finally settled into a new way of life I was really proud. It just goes to show that everyone has different "battles" in life and that bravery doesn't always show up in grand gestures!

What is the last thing you geo-cached?

My friend and I did some geo-caching this last week and we spent a couple of hours working on a very difficult nine step riddle cache. In this particular cache we've only made it to step two so far! Since that was a lot of thinking and hard work we rounded out the day with an easy cache called the The Cat's Perch #2.

( P.S. If you've never heard of geo-caching before, you can think of it like treasure hunting)!

What do you like most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?

What I love most about volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County is the range, abundance and flexibility of opportunities to get involved. Anyone can find a fit here as a volunteer, as I certainly feel that I have!