The Boys & Girls Club of America is a wonderful organization, that not only provides fun activities and educational opportunities for kids, but they do it in a format that encourages civic mindedness, through projects targeted at helping their communities. When children put into their community, they become an integral part of it and learn responsibility beyond themselves.
I didn’t go to a Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) when I was a child, I grew up in a rural area, and there were projects and animals to help with around the small farm my parents had. Many kids these days, live in single parent households, or their parents work long hours. BGCA helps teach these kids important lessons, that are sometimes hard to instill during the hustle and bustle of a busy day to day schedule. Would you rather your child was bonding with other kids, while involved in projects that support good values, or playing yet another round of that zombie killing video game? Your call.
The second annual BGCA Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign is currently going on. Just go on the website and play the quick game, and win a prize for one of the kids in a Boys and Girls club (it sort of cheats for you, to help you win…lol. As you can see above, I won an art kit for a kid, which I thought was pretty cool, since I love art. Don’t be a slouch, go to the page and win a prize for a kid. I’ll even give you the link again -> win a prize for a BGCA kid
Pushy ain’t I 😉
In addition to the program I just told you about, right now on the BGCA page you can vote for the community service project of your choice, in the Kids Give Back photo contest. One club will win a $2500 grant, so they can do even more good work. the choice was tough. The projects these kids completed are pretty impressive, service in Haiti, cleaning up beaches, raising money, toy drives & helping the elderly were just some of them. I ended out picking Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Alabama, the kids donned gloves and cleaned up a dirty riverfront area. I guess I was impressed that they dragged an old toilet all the way back to be properly disposed of. Don’t let me sway you though, go and check out the stories, all the kids are deserving.
Here are just a couple of the tips BGCA gives parents, to help instill giving in children, check out their site for the list of tips .
- Acknowledge and celebrate all kinds of giving acts. Whether your child volunteers, donates allowance, helps a friend or neighbor, or is simply being kind to a sibling, be sure to praise the effort.
- Volunteer together. Whether serving a meal at a soup kitchen or lending a hand at an animal shelter, volunteering helps kids learn compassion – and it’s a great way for families to spend time together. Check with your child’s school, your religious institution, a local Boys & Girls Club or The Volunteer Family for project ideas.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.