Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Rock Outside with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County!

April 20th, 2017 by Laura Smith

Hey Fort Collins!

OK, now that we have your attention we have a fun scavenger hunt for you! Thanks to the creative mind of our Arts Program Specialist at the Fort Collins Unit, dozens of painted rocks have been hidden all over Fort Collins. We need YOUR help in finding these adorable rocks. If you spot one while hiking, running, biking, taking a stroll, grabbing some ice cream, etc...make sure to post a picture of you (and the rock!) to our Facebook page.

Please rehide the rocks after you've taken your silly photos so others can rock(out) as well.

We're all about free fun here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and what is more fun that #optingoutside and finding painted rocks?!

Now go hunt, we'll see you out there.

 

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.

Meet the Staff: Marla!

March 23rd, 2017 by Laura Smith

 

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Marla has been working at the Fort Collins Club for over a year as the Arts Program Specialist! Marla is known for her fun art programs, up-beat attitude and awesome hair. This year, Marla sparked a partnership with the Fort Collins Children's Theater, expanding performing art opportunities for Club members. Read below to learn more about Marla.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is comfort food: stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum! In fact, if Wyatt (my son) was named after what I craved the most while I was pregnant, his name would be mashed potatoes and gravy!

What is your ideal vacation?

Camping under the stars near any sort of water, with pillows and blankets, lanterns, a fire, a camper pie iron, with my family and good friends.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?

My knife, my mermaid tail, and a camper pie iron.

What is a unique talent that you have?

I can curl my tongue into a four leaf clover

What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?

I love working with different community members and organizations that we work with and I love working with every single person at the Club everyday, we are family, which is why they call me mom!

Wright Goes to Washington, D.C.!

February 23rd, 2017 by Laura Smith
Our Executive Director, Kathi Wright, recently went to Washington D.C. on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs in Colorado. Her trip might have been short, but boy was it mighty!
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During her time at our Nations Capital, Wright learned all about the Boys & Girls Clubs policy positions on youth mentoring; workforce centers of excellence; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; Military-connected youth; Perkins Career & Tech Ed. Act; Child Nutrition Re-authorization; and Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country.
Her weekend wasn't all work and no play though. Wright also got to hear inspiring talks from the E.D. of Republican Study Committee; the Chief of Staff for Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry; the E.D. of the Congressional Black Caucus; E.D. of Congressional  Hispanic Caucus; Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; and also Minority Leader of the US House of Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Wright rounded out her weekend at the BGC reception that honored Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Bobby Scott and Rep. Martha Roby for outstanding service to our nation's children.
She also snuck in a quick meeting with staff from Congressman Polis, Senator Gardner and Senator Bennett's offices.
Wright brought back a wealth of knowledge, and we are proud to have her representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

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 (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

 

Meet the Staff: Tammy Chandler!

December 8th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Known most for her dedication (maybe addiction?) to THE BUDGET and color coded spreadsheets, Tammy has been with BGCLC for 14 years! She is not only our organization's Finance Director, she is also an educator/mentor in the Clubs implementing Money Matters when she can. We want to recognize and thank Tammy for all she has done for BGCLC! Read below to learn more!

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What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is hands down Mexican! I believe it's a group in the food pyramid.

What is your ideal vacation?

Ideal vacation would be traveling with my family to any place I haven't been to yet.  A long trip to include Australia, New Zealand, Russia & Spain.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?

A saw to make a shelter, a ship to shore radio so someone could come get me, and to keep wild animals away The Rock Johnson... on second thought I don't need that radio  Ha!

What is a unique talent that you have?

I can organize anything into a color coded spreadsheet  ;0)

What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?

Everything!  I've been with the organization since 1991.  I enjoy my work, the people throughout the organization I work with, and playing with the kids every week.  And I"m very excited to be part of the Big Campaign to open more clubs!!!

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!

5 Reasons we love Flag Football

October 27th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Fall means football, right? At least it comes to mind in most people. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, fall at the Clubs mean Flag Football season. Thanks to a partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, Boys & Girls Clubs are able to provide the equipment needed to get youth out on the field, playing against other units. A little friendly competition is proven to be good for you, at least I'm going with that. Here are five other reasons why we love our flag football season.

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Youth get to travel to other clubs, just like the pros 

"The kids favorite part is traveling to the other clubs," Jake, Fort Collins healthy lifestyle specialist, said. "One Club Member even said that he 'feels like the Cowboys.'"

Youth have to be responsible players on, and off, the field 

"We have high standards for our team," Mica, Lovleand healthy lifestyle specialist, said. "They have to spend at least 30-45 minutes a day doing their homework, and have to show leadership in discipline in the Club...otherwise they are suspended from a game."

It allows youth to learn new skills

Youth are able to learn how to call plays and designate responsibilities during the game.

Buffalo Wild Wings = delicious 

Enough said, really.

Youth get to interact with other club members 

What other way could we bring together Wellington, Loveland, West Loveland and Fort Collins youth every Wednesday during the fall?

If you're interested in seeing these great youth in action, make sure to stop by our Turkey Bowl happening on Nov. 23 at the Fort Collins Unit, and if you're interested in making sure this program continues, grab a meal at Buffalo Wild Wings during the month of October!

 

 

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!