Saturday, April 25, 2015
Club News
2014/2015 Upcoming Events

Tuesday & Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Open Teen Hours
July 28-31 Youth Camp #4
August 2nd 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Car Wash @ Advanced Auto
August 4-7 Teen Service Camp
September 8th First Day of After-School Programming

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Boys and Girls Club Present Annual Appeal

            The Boys and Girls Club of Somerset County is currently in the process of securing funds that will enable the club to make 2014 a great year for our members.

            The annual year end appeal is the biggest fundraising effort by the club, and is vital in keeping the club operating at its current levels. The funds collected during the appeal account for over 20% of the total operating expenses for the club. “The appeal is what keeps the lights on,” said Program Director Heather Perry.

            The Boys and Girls Club of Somerset County is unique in that it is one of the few rural based clubs in the entire country. This presents several unique challenges to the club, one of which is being drawing from a smaller donor base than most other clubs. However, the members of this community have always been equal to the task of supporting the club in all efforts. “Without the generous donation of community members and partnering organizations, the club would not have such impact on today’s youth. It takes a community to raise a child,” explained Perry.

            We have already had many organizations support us this year and one of them is Norse Dairy Systems. The company and their employees raised over $1,000 for the club through numerous bake sales and 50/50 raffles. Then their parent company George Weston Limited matched the amount they raised for a total contribution of $2,240. Last Friday Norse Dairy presented a check to the club and brought ice cream cones for the members for snack. “We were very excited when Norse Diary adopted us for their fundraising campaign. The employees of Norse Dairy generously gave of their time and resources, and their parent company, George Weston Limited, was very kind in matching the money raised locally,” commented Chief Professional Officer Barbara Knecht.  

            This year’s goal is to raise over $30,000, and at present are about a third of the ways there. The funds raised in the upcoming weeks will go a long way to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Somerset County will remain open, and that there will always be a positive place for kids to go afterschool. It’s not too late to get involved. Consider supporting the Boys and Girls Club in order to maintain this crucial community service and move it forward in the future. All donations are tax- deductible and can be mailed to 117 Georgian Place, Somerset PA 15501. For more information please call the club at (814) 445-1802 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Holiday Cheer at the Club

All the signs point to a visit from jolly old St. Nick sooner rather than later and the members of Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County anticipation grows by the day.

                The club during the holiday season is truly a special place to be. Throughout the season member’s excitement grows as they work on crafting gifts for loved ones, decorating the club, and bringing holiday cheer to the community. During all of this the timeless adage “It is better to give than receive” is clearly not lost on these amazing young people. Their passion for giving unto one and other is only matched the joy  of the staff in seeing these remarkable acts of kindness.

                Right now is the perfect time to get involved and become a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County. Volunteering at the club is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. There is a wide range of options available to anyone who would like to help make a difference in a young person’s life. Whether it be helping with homework, providing some extra tutoring to a student in need,  teaching a class, playing a game, even just hanging out and talking, all these activities can and do make a real difference not only for club members but staff as well. Time has become one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable, commodity that people have today. By investing a little bit of time at the club you will be giving far more than you realize and getting back ten times more than you could have imagined.

                The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County would like to thank everybody who has helped make the Christmas Shoebox drive a success. The club has been overwhelmed by the donations from individuals and organizations to help provide Christmas Gifts for club members. The club is very close to see its goal reached of being able to provide a gift for every member.  The club is still in need of shoeboxes for boys and girls ages 10 through 12. . You can use a shoebox or a plastic container of roughly the same size. Should you choose to wrap it, which is not required, the club asks that you wrap the box and the lid separately. At the bottom of the box please mark boy or girl and the age appropriateness of the enclosed gifts. . Some of the items you may want to consider would be hand held games, markers and crayons, candy, toys that light up, bouncy balls, travel board games, beads and colored bands for jewelry making, Lego packs, and hats and gloves.

                If you would like more information about volunteer opportunities at the club or provide a Christmas shoebox for a member please call the club at 445-1802 and help make the season a little bit brighter.  

Somerset County Weekend with the Tomahawks

It was a hockey night in Johnstown, and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County got to experience the thrills and chills of live hockey at the War Memorial thanks to the Johnstown Tomahawks Friday, November 15th.

Members of the club were invited to the game by the organization as part of the Somerset County Weekend hosted by the Tomahawks. Several local organizations were on hand to enjoy the game, and the Boys & Girls Club was very excited to be one of them.

Club members played a central role in the helping kick things of Friday night as club members joined Pennsylvania State Representative Carl Walker Metzger of the 69th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, for the ceremonial drop of the puck to start the game. Also club members and staff were on the ice to welcome out the Tomahawks out as they got ready to play the game. After the first period a few club members were invited back onto the ice dressed as concession items to race around the rink for fun and prizes.

With all the excitement before the game it was members almost forget that there was some hockey to be played. That all changed after the puck dropped. Club members instantly became fixed to the action on the ice as the enjoyed the game from the best seats in the house along the boards. The play on the ice generated cheers of excitement and pounding on the glass as everybody did their best to support the team on the ice. Those who have been to games before got to see the action close up for the first time, and others who this was their first game quickly were mesmerized by the fast pace and the skill of those on the ice. It was easy to see a few new hockey fans being born by the looks on club members faces. “It was awesome, it was really fast and they jam the guys right into the boards,” said club member Evan Garland. “I had a great time, I went back again on Saturday,” added club member Brandi Rugg.

The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County is looking for businesses and or individuals who would like to help make Christmas special at the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County by putting together Christmas Shoeboxes for club members. We are looking to fill boxes for boys and girls alike, ranging in age from 6 to 9 and 10 to 12. We are also accepting monetary donations as to provide gifts for our teen membership as well. 

If would like more information about the Christmas shoebox drive, or upcoming events at the club call 445-1802.

7th Annual Thanksgiving Feast

The sight of snow this week was just another reminder that the Holidays are just around the corner. The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County is getting ready to kick things of by saying “thank you” to those who matter most.

The 7th annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held this Thursday, November   21st. The feast is one of the biggest events the club host every year, and gives members and staff the chance to  say “Thank You” to all those who have helped make the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County a special place for members and staff alike.  Club members and  guests are seated together so members can personally thank those who make the club an place where great futures start, and for those who give so generously to the club can hear first-hand how their contributions are making a difference in the lives of young people in the community.  The feast is one of the club members favorite events. Members have worked diligently over the last weeks to create the center pieces and decorations that will be on display during the dinner. 

To coincide with feast club members are collecting non-perishable food stuffs as donations for community organizations that help ensure that all families can enjoy the warmth and fellowship of a good meal not just on Thanksgiving but throughout the year.

Those wishing to make a donation can do so at 117 Georgian Place as the club will be moving back to the facility on Tuesday, November 19th just in time to f or the Feast celebration. Members and staff are looking forward to being back “home” and are excited to share it with guests as this will be the first Feast at the new facility.  The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County would like to thank the Lions Club for the use of their building during renovations, and making sure that members always had a place to go after school. The club staff would also like to thank the parents of club members, and those in the community have done so much to make this temporary move as seamless and easy as possible.

It is shaping up to be a busy week at the Boys & Girls club of Somerset County, and it is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be an exciting holiday season. If you would like to help make the season brighter stop by the club or call 445-1802 for information.

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