Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Inspiring children to be great: Linda Dullam

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on February 13, 2013

Passionate about helping others, Linda Dullam has been involved with BGCOP for several years. She fondly remembers her children’s enthusiasm with the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club after-school programs. So when her family moved to Oxnard 12 years ago, she and her husband began attending BGCOP’s Annual Auction dinner as a way to get involved with their new community.

“We were so impressed by the dedicated group of people who give their support and enthusiasm to the Club that I began to ask myself what could I do to help in an individual way?” said Linda, who owns Dullam Nursery with her husband, John.
Linda visited the Club and found that many of her employees’ children were members. Since then, Linda and John have financially helped many of these families send their children to the Club.

“There are so many success stories at the Club; it just leaves one asking how they might contribute and be a part of making a difference,” Linda said.

Linda has made a huge difference at the Martin V. Smith youth center on Fifth Street. As an artist, it was her idea to paint pictures around the Clubhouse that would inspire children to be great. Now the Games Room features silhouettes of joyful children riding bikes and playing cards, and graduates donning mortarboards with tassels. She hopes the silhouettes inspire focus and achievement by the members. Next she will paint the gym area.

“I have had several people ask for permission to photograph and use the silhouettes in similar situations, and everybody agrees this design is helpful in creating a more quiet and supportive environment,” Linda said.

With frequent visits to the Clubhouse, Linda has become close with many of the Club’s teen members and has hired several to work at the Strawberry Festival and the Farmer’s Market in Oxnard. She and John also mentor Taylor Penny, a former BGCOP Youth of the Year, who now attends Washington State University. They continue to be very involved helping Taylor navigate college life and studies.

With a passion for helping children, Linda has made a lasting, positive impact in this community through her work at the Club and all the young lives she has touched.

ladies“All of us have unique talents we can share at the Club,” Linda noted. “We have certainly learned that we are so much better for this incredible involvement opportunity.”

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