Dear Champions for Change,
As we enter a new year, we find we have much to be grateful for. We have navigated through 2020 and 2021 with much care, mindfulness, and courage as we have never wavered in our quest to serve the kids who needed us most. When food insecurity was at its highest, we served over 300,000 meals to our youth and their families. When academic abandonment was apparent, we educated the kids in 15 Access centers and embraced the community with hope and opportunity for a better tomorrow with our virtual platform and in person support. The most important aspect of 2020 and 2021 is that we remained connected to those who needed us most. A sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and power and influence was evident through our community outreach and program service delivery models.
Thanks to our benefactors, friends, and family we were able to rise to the occasion and continue to support our community through the nations highly emotional and turbulent times. With the support of some champion warriors who joined us with their leadership, instead of closing their doors, we were able to provide job security to over 220 employees, sustain life altering program services to close to 10,000 youth, while renovating and constructing new Club environments.
As a community, we safely gathered on the river front with great optimism and commitment, raising over $2.5M in one evening. It is through nurturing communication, full transparency, and support that we have been able to strengthen this organization as the lead youth guidance and development organization in the city.
We are grateful for each and everyone of our Board members, donors, friends, partners, and Boys & Girls Club family members for believing in our vision and celebrating in the success for the kids.
Let’s keep the momentum going strong and embrace 2022 with much courage for the present and faith for the future.
In the best interest of the kids,
Lisabeth & Joseph Marziello
President-Chief Executive Officers