It’s a big goal. It’s an ambitious goal. But, this campaign is our sole hope of keeping this program alive in our community for our children and our children’s children.
Warrenton, Virginia (PRWEB) September 25, 2013
The Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier officially launched a critical capital campaign today in a last ditch effort to save its Keith Street location. Introduced as the Home Campaign, the initiative must raise $1.6 million by the end of this year.
“It’s a big goal. It’s an ambitious goal. But, this campaign is our sole hope of keeping this program alive in our community for our children and our children’s children,” said Boys and Girls Club Board President Wayne Harne.
There were high hopes for the Club when it moved into its Keith Street location in 2009. A number of monetary gifts and enthusiastic pledges promised in the years leading up to the 2009 grand opening of the Club’s new location were rescinded in light of the recession. While the Club’s leadership made a valiant effort to bridge the gap with concerted fundraising initiatives the projects fell dramatically short of their goals in the wake of the recession.
The Home Campaign, a company-wide volunteer initiative spearheaded by McKinsey Development in collaboration with Boys and Girls Club leadership, focuses on bringing to life the importance of keeping the Club alive for the youth in our community.
“Guidance, mentorship, and safe, nurturing environments are important for everyone, but even more so for young people in our community,” says Crystal McKinsey, CEO of McKinsey Development. “Of the many local causes our firm supports, those relating to children, and children’s enrichment are held most dearly.”
Currently, the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier hosts an average of 150 members daily between its two locations (the Keith Street hub and Bealeton satellite location). Over 2,500 young people have been served over the past 10 years, with a current enrollment of over 750 members.
The Club has nationally recognized programs that address the most contemporary issues of the day concerning youth. Programs teach young people the skills they need to succeed in life. Some of these are programs in education, health, environment, arts, career development, alcohol and drug prevention, pregnancy prevention, gang prevention and athletics.
“If the Boys and Girls Club closes, I will feel so sad for all of the kids who haven’t gotten the chance to come here yet to do all of the things I’ve gotten to do and meet all of the nice people I’ve met here,” said eighth grader and Club participant, Anthony Martin.
“We are hopeful that the Fauquier community will join us in our efforts to ensure that the Club stays open,” says Harne. “If you are not able to give at this time, please help us get the word out there by liking our campaign page on Facebook and sharing our need with others. Every effort helps.”
To learn more/donate visit: http://www.BGHomeCampaign.org. Donations are also being accepted by mail at: 169 Keith Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186.