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Red Cross Partners with Amway to Provide Babysitter's Training at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

March 25th, 2013

The Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids has partnered with Amway to provide Babysitter’s Training at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.

The classes will be provided to youth ages 11-15 in Grand Rapids at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Seidman Club, 139 Croftmon
  • Wednesday, April 3, 9 a.m.  – 4 p.m.
    Paul I. Phillips Club, 726 Madison SE
  • Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.
    Steil Club, 235 Straight Ave NW

Babysitter’s Training typically costs $85 per student. Thanks to the generosity of Amway and the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, about 40 young people will receive valuable Babysitter’s Training free of charge.

Babysitting is often the first job for many teens and pre-teens. Babysitter’s training provides teens with valuable practical skills on how to confidently provide safe and meaningful child care and, if needed, how to handle emergency situations. It is also a great first step to learn entrepreneurial and career development skills. Amway is proud to partner with the Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids on this valuable community program and to continue its 50 year tradition of supporting West Michigan organizations that improve our local community and help its people live better lives.

Visit redcross.org/take-a-class to view babysitting classes offered by location and register online.

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.    

About Amway:
Amway is one of the world's largest direct selling businesses. Alticor Inc., parent company of Amway, reported global sales of USD$11.3 billion in 2012. Founded in 1959 by entrepreneurs Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, and based in Ada, Michigan, U.S., Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities through a network of more than 3 million distributors in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, supported by a regionalized agribusiness, manufacturing and logistics supply chain. More than 900 scientists, engineers and technical professionals work in 65 R&D and quality assurance labs worldwide to support the company's product development and create a culture of scientific excellence. Top-selling brands for Amway are NUTRILITE™ vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, ARTISTRY™ skincare and colour cosmetics, and eSpring™ water treatment systems. The company provides product development, manufacturing and logistics services through its Access Business Group. For company news, visit globalnews.amway.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth:

Founded in 1938 by Grand Rapids Superintendent of Police Frank O’Malley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth engages youth in building positive and meaningful relationships with police officers, staff and adults through programs in the areas of recreation, education, leadership development, healthy life skills, arts, education and positive community services.  Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs and services that promote and enhance development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

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Camp O'Malley raises $11,000 on St. Patrick's Day with the help of McFadden's and Taco Bell

March 20th, 2013

The Owners of McFadden’s, Mark and Michele Sellers hosted the 2nd Annual Shamrocking Party to benefit Camp O’Malley’s Residential Summer Camp for kids from Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 16th at the Irish on Ionia Party downtown Grand Rapids. Funds raised from this party went directly into the 2013 Camper Scholarship Campaign to help send kids to Camp O’Malley who might not otherwise have the funds to pay for a summer Camp experience. The Shamrocking Party, held in the Pearl Room at McFadden’s, offered Irish on Ionia party goers a fun way to support Camp O’Malley’s program with a selection of Irish appetizers, drink specials, and live music. “The Shamrocking Party was a great event again for the second year to help raise money for Camp and everyone had a great time,” commented Michelle Wickens, Board President for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.

Volunteers from Camp O’Malley spent hours on the streets of Irish on Ionia selling beads and Irish hats to raise additional funds to send kids to Camp. Bead sales totaled almost $1,000. “A thousand dollars can send four kids to Camp this summer and it was well worth it spending the time outside in order to make Camp a reality for four kids,” explained Becky Missad, Camp Director who was dressed all day in the Good Luck Care Bear costume.

Twenty-two West Michigan Taco Bells also contributed to the cause by selling $1 Shamrock Hat Icons at each of their locations. Stores competed amongst each other on Icon sales to help raise more money for Camp O’Malley. Donated prizes were awarded to the cashier and Taco Bell store that sold the most icons. “We are so grateful to the West Michigan Taco Bells for supporting our organization and helping us raise money to send kids to Camp,” commented Kathy Gates, Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Grand Rapids.

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Totally Awesome 80's raises over $30,000!

March 10th, 2013

Oh what a night! Thanks to each and every one of you who came out to enjoy "Totally Awesome 80's" at the JW Marriott and helped raise over $30,000! Special thanks to our sponsors, our staff, and our volunteers for making the night possible! Square Pegz rocked it! Gravy, Rachael, Flounder, Marty, and Huge you guys are the BEST! Your amazing support makes it possible to serve the kids we serve everyday at Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.
 

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Administration

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(616) 233.9370 x102

235 Straight Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

Steil Club

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(616) 233.9370 x110

235 Straight Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

Paul I. Phillips

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(616) 719.0775

726 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49503

Seidman Club

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(616) 452.0061

139 Crofton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49507

Camp O'Malley

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(616) 871.6551

7360 Thornapple Dales
Alto, MI
49302