At the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, we all know how important our work is. I often ask myself, “What if we weren’t here?” Our caring staff across our seven locations work continuously to meet the needs of our local youth and their families. Our programs are not just a distraction to pass the time. They are designed to provide all our youth with a safe place to play, grow, and learn; they encourage our kids to commit to their class work and development. Our educational programs help and focus them. Both fun and academics make for success for our youth, even in the summer months!
Many of you are an integral part of our success story. Without your financial support, there would be no Club here in the West Valley. Many more of you will want to join us, I am certain, as you read through this newsletter and learn that there would be no opportunities, without you, for a base of friendship, a sense of belonging and guidance to help our young people grow into confident, trusting, healthy, and educated young adults.
We rise to the occasion every day to make a difference in our community by improving the lives of our youth. I often hear from families and alumni who credit the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley with helping them become the individuals they are today. This recognition is the highest compliment our organization can receive, and we owe it all to those who selflessly give their time, talents, and resources for the betterment of others.
I strongly believe we need to do more, can do more, and must do more. Systemic change in our communities can only happen when kids say “No,” to past life choices, and “Yes,” to integrating better decisions into their lives, in spite of enormous pressures to do otherwise. We are providing the tools they need to make the best choices now, and for their future.
My sincere thanks to all of our volunteer Board of Directors, professional youth development staff, volunteers, partners and financial supporters. Our continued success depends on a strong team of passionate people, just like you, who care deeply about children – and that’s exactly what our Club community represents. Thank you again for everything that you do.
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