2016 October

Published in The News Journal, October 26, 2016
Published in the Morning News, October 29, 2016
Thumbs Up!

It’s been a remarkable few weeks at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area! In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, some of our Clubs were able to reopen and provide safe and constructive activities for children whose schools were still closed. Because of power outages, our usual source of lunches and snacks was unable to provide food for those attending. But a group of teachers and other personnel from Florence School District One stepped into the breach. Knowing that their students might not have anything to eat, they gathered snacks, drinks, and sandwich fixings, met at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and assembled over 200 bag lunches to feed these hungry kids until schools could reopen. Our thanks to the church for providing a space for the project, and to all of the FSD1 personnel who helped, especially Richard McCabe, the organizer of this much needed and much appreciated donation.

Another awesome group of visitors were the “Lowe’s Heroes,” who came to the Florence Club with several large items for us to use at our Clubs: metal shelving, utility carts, and a large storage box full of recreation items such as footballs and hula hoops. They also left staff with two toolboxes full of handy tools to use for repairs around the various Club facilities.

On October 19, America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses (ABCE) set up at the Florence Boys & Girls Club to conduct a vision screening for over 100 youngsters. About 40 were then referred to the ABCE local office for further screening, where they will also get free lenses and frames, if needed. Good vision is so important to school success, and we appreciate this very important partnership between ABCE and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Finally, on October 20 a whole team from the Florence Kids Foot Locker store came with a DJ, door prizes, and a check for $5,000 from the Kids Foot Locker Foundation! Kids got t-shirts and water bottles just for being there, and five lucky youngsters won a pair of athletic shoes of their choosing. The event was the culmination of an in-store check-out campaign called “Add-A-Buck,” where customers donated $1, $3, or $5 at check-out throughout the month of September. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area was one of only 10 lucky clubs nationwide that each received this generous donation.

THANKS to ALL of these businesses who gave generously of their time, talent, and treasure to make life better for so many of the kids in our community!!

Robb Sasser, Board Chairman
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area

Published in The News Journal, October 12, 2016
GreatNonprofits.org Award is based on Positive Online Reviews

Florence, SC  – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2016 Nonprofit,” says Neal Zimmerman, the organization’s Executive Director. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including providing in-school reading tutoring that helped 40 elementary school students read at grade level, and job readiness training for 60 teens.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that the Boys & Girls Clubs received – reviews written by volunteers, donors, and members. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “A caring staff of passionate professionals helps students with their homework and computer skills while building character and self-esteem. The club’s mission is ‘to inspire and enable all young people from throughout the Pee Dee Area, especially those who need us most, to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.’ This isn’t just talk. It’s action.”

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with the Boys & Girls Club have voted that the organization is making a real difference.” Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.

Founded in 1964, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area serves over 3,000 youth each year across Florence, Darlington, and Williamsburg Counties. Programs focus on achieving academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. Visit bgcpda.org for more information.

GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. Visit www.greatnonprofits.org for more information.

BGCPDA ~ PO Box 93 ~ Florence, SC 29503 ~ 843-662-1142