Seeking To Support Record Growth
GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva kicked off its Annual Campaign Friday with a special video and mailing amid a time of unprecedented growth for the organization.
"We've grown by almost 40 percent, year-over-year,'' said Chris Lavin, the Club's executive director. "That's great news, but it also means more staff, more food and more supplies. We're hoping the community responds.''
The club offers after-school services to more than 500 families across the school year with an average daily attendance of more than 200 students at the club's two locations. The program offers homework help, athletics, computer courses and culinary training in addition to arts, music and dance experiences.The club also operates a seven-week Summer University program for its members in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva City School District.
"A typical Geneva kid is away from home about 12 hours each day,'' Lavin said. "The school day is six and a half hours. We step in to make the best of these other important hours.''
As is its tradition, the club produced and has mailed to past donors a self-report card on the organization's year, chronicling more than 40,000 meals served and thousands of hours of academic support from its Hobart and William Smith Tutor Corps.
The private, not-for-profit organization runs on an annual budget of $1-million raised each year from donations, grants, and modest membership payments. Club membership is $24 per year for all members.
The club works in close partnership with HWS, the City School District, and St. Peter's Arts Academy.
Online donations can be made by CLICKING HERE. Checks payable to Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Inc. can be mailed to 160 Carter Road, Geneva NY 14456. Phone donations can be made by calling Susan Tolleson at 315-759-6060 during regular business hours.