Boys and Girls Club
Adopting a Boys & Girls Club
Join Phi Kappa Psi in supporting the efforts of a local chapter and their local club
We are a former national partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We recognize that so much of our work is done on the local level. We are at our best with our chapters volunteering within their local communities to make our world a better place.
We encourage our chapters to “adopt” a local Boys & Girls club and encourage our members to help improve the lives of children in a particular area. It provides a targeted goal, worthy cause and also varies our attention to the dozens of chapters doing great work each and every day.
Statement of Need from BGCA of Manatee County
Presently our greatest barrier which prevents access of disadvantaged youth to BGCMC’s comprehensive programming is transportation. A dynamic answer to the transportation barrier is development of a fleet of buses to assure safe transport to and from the clubs.
Transporting children and youth to and from BGCMC after school, school break, and summer programs is a critical component of assuring that economically disadvantaged youngsters can take advantage of BGCMC comprehensive programming. A conservative estimate is that there are hundreds of Manatee County youth and families who might benefit from BGCMC programming, if transportation can be resolved. Unsupervised and without positive youth development activities, these are children and youth at high risk of negative activity in the community.
Presently our fleets of buses are very old and are in constant need of major repairs. We have budgeted to spend $62,000 in 2013 on fuel and maintenance on our fleet of buses. On any given day one or more of our buses is pulled off the road for repair thus impacting our ability to efficiently transport a portion of the nearly 1600 children who utilize our programs and this service. We recently contracted a company to maintain and certify our buses. In doing so, they have determined that we are in severe need of replacing a minimum of two of the buses, additionally we have a 15 passenger van, in need of repairs, which we feel strongly that we should remove it from service and replace it with a used minibus.
Transporting from 32 different schools to our Clubs is a daunting, expensive but necessary task in order to provide hope and opportunity to the children in our community through our after school and school break programming. When a bus or two is down, we end up serving fewer children.
More children in our clubs mean fewer children without supervision. By spending time with us after school, they’re not alone. Instead of joining a gang, they’re joining our clubs. Instead of listening to thugs or drug dealers on the street, they’re listening to our staff. We steer children down the right path so they don’t take the wrong road.
Your financial support to address one of our budgets greatest expenses – Transportation Fuel and Repair would make a major impact on our ability to safely and efficiently serve the children in our community who need us most.