Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Boys & Girls Club Urges Parents to Inspire their Kids to Give Back During the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 4, 2012

OXNARD, Calif.— The holidays are a time for giving and giving back. In this spirit, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme joins the national Boys & Girls Club of America in its efforts to inspire families to experience the true meaning of the holidays through charity and service.

As part of its 2nd Annual Give the Gift of a Great Future holiday campaign, BGCA will debut , a website where parents can review practical tips for inspiring their kids to give back and read stories about how Club youth have made a difference in their communities.

“The holiday season is a great time for families, friends and the community to come together to create new traditions and start conversations about giving back. This website provides parents with the tools to start those conversations with their kids and come up with ways to give back that have real meaning to them,” said Tim Blaylock, chief professional officer of BGCOP.

BGCOP’s success is largely due to the generosity of caring community individuals who believe in giving back by volunteering their time, providing goods or services, and providing financial support. To make it easier for families in the community to support the Club’s annual campaign, BGCOP added a “Make a Difference” box to its website, Click on the box to go directly to the donations page.

As an organization, BGCOP also gives back, serving more than 9,000 youth annually and investing nearly 2765 community service hours in 2012. That time is spent helping to inspire youth to become caring, responsible, productive citizens providing social, educational and recreational programs to youth ages 6-18 years old. Seventy-five percent of Club members live in low-income families and qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs.

“Research shows time and time again that giving and volunteering help develop good character in children. We are excited about dedicating our holiday season to celebrating the many ways Boys & Girls Club youth have given back throughout the year, and to empowering more parents to champion the value of giving back in their own families,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

BGCA’s Give the Gift of a Great Future website features a Top 10 list of ways parents can instill the value of giving back, including tips such as:

1. Talk about giving. Tell your kids which causes you’re supporting this year and why. Better yet, make the choice together. Or give each child a portion of what you plan to donate this year and allow him or her to choose the charity.
2. 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.
3. Do something fun, like cooking or an art project. Even very young children can make cards for senior center residents or help you bake a tasty treat for a neighbor. These are perfect ways to have fun while thinking about others.
4. Tell family stories about philanthropy. Talk about times when your family has helped someone in need, or times when your family has received help.
5. Be enthusiastic! Boys & Girls Club kids who are active in community service say they’re inspired by the adults in their lives who give back, too.
The site also features The Giving Game, a free, interactive game visitors can play to win prizes for Boys & Girls Club youth, and partner promotions that will generate funds to help more youth have great futures.
Visit to learn more, obtain tips and participate in these games.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme exists to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. With three full-service clubs and 18 school program sites, the organization is one of the largest of its kind in California, serving 9,000 members annually. It’s also the first Boys & Girls Club of its kind to open in the Juvenile Justice Center. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, technology and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. For more information, visit


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