The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County kicked off its annual One Campaign with the help of Dan Palmer, this year's One Campaign Chairperson, and several of the organization's board members. It joined nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across America in the annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week.
Palmer said, "It is so important for kids to have a place to go after school where they are safe, they can be with their friends, and they have people who care about them. The Boys and Girls Club does a wonderful job for our youth."
Jim Enser, Board President of Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County explained about the campaign.
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Members of the Boys & Girls Club pose with officials of the organization for the kickoff of the organization’s One Campaign. Left to right, back row: club member, Executive Director EJ Haynes, Board President Jim Enser, Board Vice-president Magdalena Dye, Secretary Gail Miller and One Campaign Chairperson Dan Palmer.
"This year our 'It Just Takes One Person to Make a Difference Campaign' goal is $20,000. The Club plays such a vital role in the lives of so many of our community's young people and we are again asking the community to help us support the great work of our Boys & Girls Club! All Campaign funds support our club operations, stay in Northern Chautauqua County and directly support all program services we provide for the kids," he said.
The One Campaign Kickoff headlined the Club's celebration of the National Boys & Girls Club Week.
For close to 20 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of NCC has been celebrating this week in a variety of ways which illustrate why great futures start at the club. This year, the club invited the public to "Open the door. Take a tour".
Several youth, families and community members visited the club, located at the former St. Hyacinth's School at 296 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk, to discover the wonderful things that are happening behind its doors. Participants experienced first-hand how the club is making a difference in the lives of our young people.
Highlights from Boys & Girls Club Week included: Trivia Contests, Summer Program Poster Design Contest, Neighborhood Cleanup, Open House Tours, Virtual Dance Contests and an Inter-Club 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament. The Club would like to thank all the student volunteers from Fredonia State University that helped make the week a great success.
"Our Boys & Girls Clubs is increasingly playing a more vital role in many young people's lives," said Edward "EJ" Hayes, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County. "We offer a place that provides caring guidance as well as engaging programs that help kids do well in school, give back to their communities and choose healthy lifestyles."
Those who wish to support the One Campaign can mail a donation to Boys & Girls Club of NCC, 296 Lake Shore Drive, East Dunkirk, NY 14048. All donations are tax deductible.
Learn more about programs and activities offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County by visiting its website at www.bgcncc.org, the Facebook page at Boys&GirlsClubofNorthernChautauquaCounty, or by phone at 366-1016.