In partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival – the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently began the 2015 summer enrichment program at its Main Campus, 7500 Davis Boulevard, as well as Immokalee site locations. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through August 4.
To combat summer learning loss, the Club is offering the Summer Brain Gain initiative — a summer learning loss prevention program that includes but is not limited to activities such as reading, mentoring, dance and music, swimming, arts and crafts, organized sports and field trips, and are available to youth ages six to 18. Each day, Club members receive breakfast, lunch and a snack that support the Club’s initiative of healthy lifestyles.
“We are ecstatic to see that our summer enrollment has increased by 73 percent from last year and is a huge testament to the success of the Club’s programming. With the average American student losing approximately one month’s worth of learning during the summer, it is critical that we keep them engaged in activities that are both fun and educational so that they will be on track for the Fall,” said Jodi Truel, Unit Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.
The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County Its primary fundraiser, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is the largest global event of its kind, and has raised in excess of $135 million in its first 15 years for annual grants to 40 beneficiary organizations and seven strategic initiatives.
Boys & Girls Club members join Meals of Hope effort
Recently, more than 250 members and staff from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County worked together to package more than 52,000 meals to feed the hungry through Meals of Hope. 30 stations were set up for the processing and packaging of the fortified cinnamon, sugar and diced apple oatmeal.
The meals are being donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank as part of the Feeding America Network and then distributed to 160 partner agencies throughout Hendry, Charlotte, Lee, Glades and Collier County.
The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County will be joining Meals of Hope at their warehouse on July 24 to take part in their Christmas Eve in July packing event. The event is a summer kick-off for the 3rd Annual “Holidays Without Hunger” packing event held on Christmas Eve at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers. The goal for “Holidays Without Hunger” is to pack over 500,000 meals in two hours.
The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC) is a non-profit, youth development organization, which annually serves 3,000 of the most at-risk children and teens in Collier County. The Club provides a safe, positive place where local youth can acquire: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to its mission, which is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County or to arrange a tour, call 239-325-1700 or visit www.bgccc.com.