"Our children are our community’s future leaders" - Boys and Girls Club of Park County needs community support

(Park County, Wyo.) - The Boys and Girls Club of Park County, a local non-profit that has been in operation for nearly 20 years, is facing financial difficulties this year. Currently, the organization is facing a $48,000 shortfall. Tina Bernard, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Park County told Reboot this morning, "We must raise at least that much, but would love more to go into the 2017 year with funding in the bank." Since January 1, 2015 the Boys and Girls Club serves over 400 members with the Cody Unit serving 222 members and the Powell Unit serving 187. Tina noted these numbers will be going up as the club has had many families come in to join this summer. The Boys & Girls Club of Park County abides by their mission to create a fun, positive, and safe environment for all Club members. [image: klsdfnuiew.JPG] Tina addressed the impact on members, families and the community if the Boys and Girls Club is forced to close its doors. "About 60% of our members fall below the poverty level so these families will have a financial hardship paying for alternative daycare fees. Our families trust us and know that their children are in a safe, positive place while they are working. They know their children are getting healthy snacks, homework help and physical activities. Parents are much better employees when they know their children are being taken care of." Tina added, "If these children do not have a safe, fun, positive place to go afterschool and during non-school days they are much more at risk to become involved in risky behaviors which would impact the community in a negative manner. Our children are our community’s future leaders and we much give them a solid foundation to become caring and responsible adults." Tina said she's already "overwhelmed with all the support that is coming out of Powell." The community is stepping up in a big way to help. Kristina Smith is coordinating a fundraiser on June 18th in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Park County. (See flyer below) [image: 13227967_1031859036851553_1517108273_n.jpg] Tina shared several ways the community can support, whether it be financially, donated items or time. 1. *Monetary donations* from individuals and businesses are typically unrestricted which is what the club needs. Tina said, "We have grants in place that help support the programs, but things like liability insurance, utilities, mortgage, maintenance, vehicles, etc are not paid by grants and we must have those things in order to have our great programs. An annual pledge as small at $20 goes a long way if everyone that can financial afford it give." 2. * shoppers *can help and it will not cost them a dime! You can go to and use the same login information as they would on At the top of the page choose *Boys & Girls Clubs **of Park County* as their charity of choice. Every time they make a purchase Amazon donates a percentage to us – so simple! 3. Folks can donate to their *Clubs consumable products* if they prefer. Items such as paper towels, sunscreen, first aid items, toilet paper, copy paper, healthy snack items, etc. If these items are donated it frees up funds for other necessary expenses. 4. Last and maybe most importantly – *advocate for Boys & Girls Clubs!* We know many families can’t afford to give monetary or donate supplies, however they can let those who can afford to donate about the great things we do at the Clubs. Talk to employers, family members, friends, and community leaders letting them know that they support the work we do. Families that use our services they are in a perfect position to talk firsthand about what we do. Learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Park County through their website . #reboot #news #whatshappening