Goodwill Community Foundation® Donates $100,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties

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Contribution supports expansion and growth for area youth.

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"The Club is now positioned to empower children with the knowledge and resources to better their life and we’re proud to be able to help in that cause."

Goodwill Community Foundation(GCF®) donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties (BGCDOC), North Carolina. This infusion of cash places the organization on a sound financial footing, allowing for program expansion and growth to benefit area youth. BGCDOC is relocating to a larger facility at 1010 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway, opening in January 2020 with the start of the school semester.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties gives children an opportunity for a better life by giving them the essential tools for success at the time they are most vulnerable, during non school hours of the day. The mission of GCF® is to create opportunities for a better life and that’s exactly what Jerome Levisy and his team are doing,” says Reverend Dennis McLain, GCF® President. “The Club is now positioned to empower children with the knowledge and resources to better their life and we’re proud to be able to help in that cause.”

The donation is part of a GCF grant program that seeks out and contributes to community organizations that create opportunities for people across eastern North Carolina and the globe. The reach of this program is broad and includes organizations in nearly every corner of the world - The Place Of Possibilities in Aulander, NC; The Tammy Lynn Center in Raleigh, NC; The Huchuy Yachaq Association in Cusco, Peru; and The New Life Center in Zambia.

“With this donation from GCF®, we’re able create a safe, productive space for after school enrichment programs. We’re excited to grow our offerings and reach our potential as a community organization,” says Jerome Levisy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties Chief Executive Officer. “GCF and Dennis McLain are truly invested in the future of our children. They believe in creating better futures for our young people and they’ve shown that support through these generous gifts.”

The facilities and programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties will continue to provide services that help children develop self-esteem, values and life skills during critical periods of growth and development. The local young people and their families who benefit from the services offered by the Club rely on this support.

For more information about GCF and how it supports students, families, and the people of eastern North Carolina, please visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org or call 919-941-9600.

About Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®)
Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®) continues to be a leader in an era of change by providing the training required for the emerging world where technology is integrated into everyday life. The mission of GCF® is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.

A Durham-based tax-exempt organization, GCF® provides employment, fresh produce and volunteer opportunities, family services for parents with children with disabilities and free accounting services to youth programs across eastern North Carolina. GCFLearnFree.org and GCFAprendeLibre.org have provided free lessons for people in North Carolina since 2010 to improve their technology, math, and English skills.

All GCF programs are funded through revenue generated from the value of donated items to 40 Goodwill Community Foundation stores throughout eastern North Carolina. GCF® employs more than 400 people who earn an average of $20 per hour with benefits at these stores. For more information on GCF®, visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties is to inspire and enable all young people, particularly those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

BGCDOC was established in 1939 as a dedication to the community service of John Moses Avery. The Club has served over 100,000 youth in Durham since its conception, and currently serves over 150 at-risk youth, ages 6-18, in Durham and Orange Counties every day. The Club has been a steadfast champion in encouraging the success of the community’s children. Charging no more than $10 per year, BGCDOC provides a unique after-school and summer camp experience that helps students academically and in life. For more information on BGCDOC, visit https://www.bgcdoc.org.

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