November 19th, 2015
'Tis the season for giving! And, we've got so many amazing community partners who are helping to make a difference for our Clubs this year. Please see how you can join in their efforts below:
1. Taco Bell – Bring in a hat, scarf, or mittens to your local West Michigan Taco Bell and recieve a free item off their dollar menu! November 19th is your last chance to take advantage of this great offer and help our youth stay warm this winter.
2. Younkers (Bon-Ton) – Younkers shoppers can purchase a teddy bear in-store or online through the holiday season or make a donation at any Bon-Ton store. The adorable, plush teddy bears are dressed up with a holiday bow and retail for $10.00. Your purchase generates a minimum donation of $2.75 to Boys & Girls Clubs. Beginning November 16th, in-store customers can donate $3.00 in exchange for a $15 coupon.
3. CD Barnes Construction – CD Barnes is helping share the warmth this winter season. They are asking for donations of new or gently used coats, hats, gloves/mittens, boots, and scarfs. Donations can be dropped off in their “Coat Tote” located at 3437 Eastern Ave SE anytime M-F 8am-5pm. They will be accepting donations through Monday, November 23.
4. CH Robinson – CH Robinson is helping collect clothing for our Clubs. Stay tuned to find out more about their current clothing drive!
5. Gap – Gap stores partnered with our Clubs this October to help secure winter coats for our community!
A big THANK YOU to all the community partners helping to make this season a little brighter for our Club members and their families!
November's Youth of the Month!
November 18th, 2015
Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.
Congratulations to NOVEMBER's Youth of the Month Winners:
Paul I. Phillips Club: Dierre
Why Staff Selected Dierre: Dierre is a big help around the Club. She helps clean up and serve dinner almost every night and is an active member of our Keystone Club.
Seidman Club: Skye
Why Staff Selected Skye: When you first meet Skye, you see a bright smile reserved teenager who is very charming. She is very well respected and very respectful. Skye obeys directions without hesitation and takes pride in being a good student. Skye is a natural born leader among peers as she does not follow the crowd.
Steil Club: Jordon
Why Staff Selected Jordon: Jordon is a great leader at Steil Boys & Girls Club. He is a great example to his peers. He is also a caring older brother who looks out for his siblings and teaches them a lot about life.
Volunteer Spotlight: St. Stephens Parish
November 17th, 2015
St. Stephens Parish was called into action eight years ago to provide Thanksgiving Dinner at Steil Boys & Girls Club. Not knowing the exact needs or the outcome, their community heard the call for service and collectively prepared and served dinner to over 200 members and their families. Since this time, John and Julie VanGessel have called upon the community of East Grand Rapids as a whole to purchase, prepare, and serve this holiday meal each year. Their friends, family, and even some strangers offer their time, talents, and treasures to ensure that this favorite tradition to share in fellowship with the families of Steil Club continues to happen. A special thanks to the Marianne and Roger Schlick and Suzanne Wickman for their assistance in organization of this event.
THANK YOU! We cannot wait for this year's feast!
Mac vs. Merc Success!
November 15th, 2015
The 3rd Annual Mac vs Merc Charity Basketball Game was a great success and brought in over $20,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs!
"Both Mercantile and Macatawa are community banks that are passionate about giving back to the communities we serve. The youth in our areas are such an important component of that," said Monica Kreiger, Mercantile Bank Marketing Team Leader. "That is why we support Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. Their programming and services promote a sense of competence, usefulness, and belonging, giving young people in our community the key skills they need to be successful in life."
No matter what the scoreboard said at the end of the night, the real winners were all of the youth that benefit from all that our Clubs have to offer. Thanks to all of our sponsors, players, volunteers, and the spectators for making it a great night!