Clubs Secure Summer Funding

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County has received funding to run programming this coming summer.  After announcing several weeks ago that the Clubs would be closed due to financial constraints, the organization received gifts from several anonymous donors that will allow the Clubs in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley to keep its doors open over the summer holiday.

“It was a very difficult decision for us to close our doors during the summer as we realize that is a time when families need us the most” said Annette Booth, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County board of directors.  “These donations will not only allow us to offer summer programs but put us in a stronger position to increase our services during the school year”.

In the past year the organization has been able to extend programing days and hours to full time at the La Conner and Sedro-Woolley Clubs while also keeping the Anacortes Club open full time. In September 2013, the organization hopes to start offering programing five days a week at the Mount Vernon Club.  It will be the first time since 2009 that all four Clubs have been opened five days a week for after school programing.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is currently partnering with the Jack & Shirley McIntyre Family Foundation, the Skagit Community Foundation, and another anonymous donor in support of their 2013 it just takes ONE annual campaign.  Each and every dollar you give between April 1 and September 1, 2013 will be matched up to $125,000 by these organizations.  “This is an amazing opportunity to support your local club and double your investment in our youth” said Conover.

David Conover, the organization’s Chief Professional Officer said that “90% of the funding we receive to operate our Clubs comes from the local community.  Our doors would close if not for the generosity of so many individuals, businesses and service groups.”

During the school year, programs at each Club focus on helping members achieve academic success, build good character and citizenship, and establish healthy lifestyles.

“The major focus of our summer programing is the prevention of summer learning loss.  Each of our Clubs will offer reading programs and other high yield learning activities aimed at promoting academic success” said Noah Bannister, Director of Organizational Development. 

This summer, the Clubs will be open weekdays from noon to 6:00pm between June 24 and August 15.  The Clubs will be closed on July 4 and July 5 in observance of Independence Day.  Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

The organization provides direct services to over 1,000 youth and their families in Skagit County.  To learn more about registering for our summer programs please contact your local Club.

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