Our Boys & Girls Club is extremely blessed to have the continuous support of so many caring individuals and businesses who wholeheartedly believe in our mission and vision for youth in the Fond du Lac community. Despite the challenges of this year, we have been overwhelmed (in the very best way) by the generosity we’ve been able to witness, especially during the holiday season. Here are a few examples:
We LOVE being able to spread joy during the holiday season through our Adopt a Family program. Over 30 individuals, families and businesses/organizations stepped up to adopt 40 Club families this year. Adopted families were so grateful when they came to pick up their gifts, and it was extra heartwarming for us because we know they really needed it this year, more than ever.
Special thanks to Associated Bank, Buechel Stone, FDL Charity Club, Drexel Building Supply, Dynamic Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Eagles Club, Ideal Chiropractic & Therapeutic Massage, Mercury Marine, Mid-States Aluminum, Fond du Lac Noon Optimists, Fond du Lac Police Department, Agnesian HealthCare, and the Fond du Lac Family YMCA for their generosity this year.
Fox Valley Savings Bank‘s community giving program matched $15,000 in partnership with $20,000 of funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Targeted Impact Fund. As a result, a total of $35,000 have been distributed to local charities, with $11,500 going directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac. This year, our Club has seen a significant increase in services provided to our community. FVSBank in partnership with FHLBank Chicago supports our vision for the youth in our community. We are SO thankful for their continued support and willingness to step up in such a big way to help us do whatever it takes to build great futures for our youth!
Alliant Energy Foundation has provided a grant award gift of $2,500 in support of our afterschool Project Learn program. Project Learn is a comprehensive afterschool homework assistance program for Club members. The program reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, and homework help and tutoring with knowledgeable adults. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6-18. The program operates every day during the school year at eight Boys & Girls Club locations.
Wabash National has been a huge supporter of our Spell for Great Futures team spelling bee event over the past few years, providing sponsorship dollars and volunteer participation in both the planning of the event as well as teaming up with our youth to compete. FUN FACT: Wabash National team member Paul Simon was on the Championship team in our 2019 event! Our partnership has grown as a result of their commitment to that event, and this year, they surprised us with a generous gift of $6,000 in support of our mission. We cannot express enough how much this is appreciated, and we are incredibly grateful to have such caring partners to help us ensure bright futures for our youth in Fond du Lac!
Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund graciously presented our Boys & Girls Club with a $1,000 grant award gift in support of our SMART Girls program. SMART Girls is a small group program that allows girls ages 10 to 17 to develop positive attitudes, build effective life skills, and feel empowered to become responsible adult women through health, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement activities. Club staff and community volunteers from our partnering agencies utilize a combination of informational and experiential learning activities to help educate female Club members about how to develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles. This program allows participants to explore societal outlooks and values as they practice life skills for nutritional eating, physical fitness, accessing the health care system, resolving conflict and building all around healthy relationships. The SMART Girls Program is provided in partnership with Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac Family YMCA, Agnesian HealthCare, ASTOP and Healing Scars.
The 13th annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot hit a new milestone this year and blew past its goal by raising over $3.28 million since the event began in 2008! This year’s total proceeds surpassed $360,000, and as always, Festival Foods generously donated 100% of those funds to Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs throughout Wisconsin. More than 18,200 people and over 2,800 registered dogs completed the event’s 5-mile run or 2-mile walk on Thanksgiving Day… WOW! We are SO grateful for this partnership and the continued support.