All young people struggle with making friends and fitting in, but what if you also had to worry about where your next meal was coming from or how safe it was for you to play outside? At The Waltham Boys & Girls Club, we dream of a world where every child is given the opportunity to succeed in life and experience a brighter future.
Realizing that the need for healthy meals for children doesn’t cease when the end-of-year school bell rings, we have been providing the Summer Food Program in Waltham for over a decade. This year’s program served 11,975 meals, 1,977 more than last summer. All of these meals were prepared in collaboration with Waltham High School. Over the next year, we are focusing on renovating the Club’s kitchen, anticipating the cost to be $125,000-$140,000. With a renovated kitchen not only could the Club manage the summer food program more efficiently, lowering the expense of the program, but we could also add additional programming in the core areas of Health &Life Skills and Education & Career Development.
Great Futures Start Here, the 2012-2013 Annual Giving Campaign for the Waltham Boys & Girls Club, has a goal to raise $250,000. The staff at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club provides children with activities designed to capture their interests, teach skills and build supportive relationships. These personal relationships are the means to a much greater end.
John Craig was named as our Youth of the Year and chosen as a finalist during the State Youth of the Year Competition, he has been invited to meet with Governor Deval Patrick next month. John has received a scholarship to attend Fordham University in the fall.
As you know, we purposely keep dues low so that all children will have the opportunity to join.
We currently offer structured programs to nearly 1,300 members. We provide a gamesroom, a technology center, arts & crafts, leadership and community service opportunities, health & life skills programs, swimming, homework assistance and much more! Programs and activities such as these are affordable, with annual membership dues costing $15 per child.
You can help make this opportunity, to develop relationships with caring professionals and to experience programs that build character, by making a financial contribution. We respectfully request that you consider making a personal donation to the Great Futures Start Here, 2012-2013 Annual Giving Campaign. Funds raised in this campaign will be used for general operating expenses and are absolutely necessary to run our successful organization. Your financial commitment will enable us to continue the work that will shape the future of our Club and the hundreds of children who attend each year.