Take Time at a Club
What a year this has been! I’ve been so privileged to gain many memories with our kids in Skagit County, especially over the last few months. Taking time out from a busy schedule and spending time with them, whether it is dropping by a Club for a few minutes and playing mancala with one of our members in Mount Vernon, who always catches me cheating, or accompanying a group on a field trip, I am blessed to be able to see our staff in action, and see the way they change lives each and every day.
This may be my vocation, but I am also a donor-investor in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, like so many others. After all, how can one request another to consider taking that step when they haven’t themselves? So, I take my investment seriously, and strive to protect and stretch the resources our community has entrusted in us. By getting out into the field regularly, I can maintain a close pulse on how we are doing, that no report or statistic that comes across my desk is going to show.
Our staff and members love to show off their Clubs. It’s like a part of their family that they are so very proud of. I encourage everyone in our community to spend a few minutes at a Club now and then to see first-hand what our committed staff and members do with children that generate productive, caring, responsible citizens. Or, call our Admin office at 360-419-3723 and inquire as to the when the next Club Tour is happening. We’re quite happy to load up one of our Club vans and take individuals to two or more of our Clubs to see how each is unique and effective in its’ service delivery.
In just a couple of weeks we start our summer program, this year growing to expand to be able to offer free lunch to all our youth thanks to a partnership with the USDA. It’s just one of many ways we are exploring collaborations as a means to better serve our youth, families, and Skagit community.