SWBGC’s Year of Service

Year of Service and our journey to the earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Sedro-Woolley is a caring community full of engaged citizens and business people. With the opening of the new Boys & Girls Club Campus in Sedro-Woolley that includes a brand new Teen Center, covered play area and a refurbished Club for youth ages 6 to 6th grade, which was completely funded through the community and volunteers,  it’s never been clearer that Sedro-Woolley has a long-standing tradition of people who get things done. The Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club has been engaging youth and teens in community service and volunteer work for 11 years, and this year marks a new challenge for Boys & Girls Club Members in Sedro-Woolley – challenging Club Members to earn 50-100 hours of community service hours before May 15th, 2013. Youth who earn 50 hours of volunteer work are eligible to achieve the President’s Volunteer Service Award; Teens who volunteer more than 100 hours are eligible for the same award. Recognition for work well done is an important component of the Boys & Girls Club program.

The Boys & Girls Club has several different programs and curriculum that challenge youth to serve and provide for others. Keystone Club and Torch Club are community service groups for teens and ‘tweens where club members look at implementing events and activities that address healthy lifestyles, the democratic process, a safe and drug-free community, access to basic nutrition and health resources, and providing opportunities for others. 2012 brings the 5th Annual Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Keystone and Torch Club Neighborhood Food Drive, where club members distribute information about the food drive to over numerous houses and collect hundreds of pounds of food to donate to the Helping Hands Food Bank, which serves 500-600 families each week.

Keystone and Torch Club Members also volunteer monthly at the Open Door Community Kitchen in Sedro-Woolley as well as at the Humane Society and through the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. Other volunteer activities at the Boys & Girls Club includes club members ages 6-9, called the SMART Kids, making posters for the Humane Society and creating Christmas Cards to send to troops overseas through Sedro-Woolley Community Troop Support.  If you or your agency know of any volunteer opportunities for youth ages 6 to 18, please contact the SW Service Learning Coordinator Bryan Reeder at 360-856-1830 or bryanr@bgcskagit.org

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