Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Supporting a Campaign for Our Kids – and Our Future

Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized by megganmccarthy on May 4, 2010

Mayor Tom Holden and Mayor Norm Griffaw are helping us celebrate the important work of our Boys & Girls Clubs in the Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme communities by serving as the honorary Co-Chairs for our “It Just Takes One” campaign. Soon you will see bus shelter signage popping up in Oxnard and Port Hueneme with their photo along with some of our kids promoting “It Just Takes One!” We are grateful to these two community leaders for their commitment to the children in our community.

Along with the Mayors’ support the Martin V. Smith and Martha K Smith Foundation has provided a community matching challenge grant; for every dollar donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme over the next two months, the foundation will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000 for kids programs. We are very grateful for this generous and kind gift and believe with the help of the community, will match this gift in the next 60 days.

It’s even more significant this year, as our Clubs undertake a campaign with a special emphasis on increasing support from individual donors in our community. Given the important role of our Clubs, there’s no reason why every caring citizen shouldn’t add his or her name to the honor role of supporters.

When it comes to our kids, we usually think of the home, with a solid family life and parental guidance, as the answer to nurturing and protecting them. But for too many children in America, there’s a gap. Research indicates the hours of 3-8 p.m. are the most dangerous time of day for young people – when crime involving youth doubles as they leave school and return to empty households or neighborhood streets, idle and unsupervised.

The answer, according to experts, is to provide after-school programs in every community. In neighborhoods with effective programs, most youth-related problems are minimized. Children are safe, they’re involved in life-enhancing experiences with caring adults and meaningful challenges, and they can better deal with the larger threats and fears affecting our nation and our world.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme believes every child and teen should be involved in a safe, structured, supervised after-school program, every day. As we approach the summer months with many of our school districts unable to provide summer school programs due to California budget short fall, the need will be even greater this year to provide more out of school time programs and activities.

One tangible step is to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s’ annual fundraising campaign. It’s an investment in our community’s most precious resource: our children.

At Boys & Girls Clubs, any gift—no matter how big or small, is immensely appreciated. This is the idea behind our It Just Takes One Campaign: It just takes One caring adult, One Boys & Girls Club, and One gift to forever impact the life of a child.

This campaign ensures that the doors to the 18 Clubhouses remain open and accessible to all children and that the Clubs are able to continue to provide:
• A safe place for those who may be left alone after school or on the streets with no guidance. The Clubs are a safe place to play and a place safe enough where kids can be themselves.
• Life-enhancing programs that can open young minds. The Boys & Girls Clubs expose youth to new ideas and skills that prepare them for life. We teach the importance of character in all of our programs.
• The availability of dependable, caring adults who are responsive to a child’s daily realities are critical to developing meaningful, often lifelong relationships, that enable children to reach their full potential.

Donations to the It Just Takes One campaign may be given at online or through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. For more information, please call Linda LeBrock at 805-815-4959 x 203. Will you BE The One?


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