As we enter the holiday season, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County is grateful for another successful year serving children and teens across our community. When it comes to impacting lives, 2017 has been nothing short of amazing.
Whether it’s turning around a failing grade through extra homework help or a boost of confidence inspired by a caring adult, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County programs and staff are changing lives every day. From expanding our facility in Goshen to opening our very first full-service Club in Elkhart, our team remains dedicated to one ambitious goal: to serve our community’s youth, especially those who need us most, through quality programs and mentoring relationships. To that end, we continue to expand programs and services to meet the unique and growing needs of our Club members and their families.
In the four years he’s served as Athletic Coordinator at the Goshen Club, Tyler August has never missed a day of work. His motivation for perfect attendance is simple—the children he serves. “I know so many of our members face inconsistency in the home for a variety of reasons,” says Tyler. “While they may not know whether or not they’ll see Mom or Dad every day, I want them to know that, when it comes to Club, they will always see me.”
At the Nappanee Club, teen member Brooke has found a place to belong. “I love helping younger members with homework and planning student-led activities in Keystone Club. The staff will always listen to me if I need someone to talk to. At the Club, I’ve learned that it’s okay to be myself.”
Candy Williams is just one of hundreds of parents in Elkhart who feel the impact of the Boys & Girls Club firsthand. “If the Club wasn’t here, life would be so much harder. As a single working mom, I’m not sure that I could financially support other options for my son after school and into the evening while I work. It’s remarkable all that is made available to him at the Boys & Girls Club.”
Though it’s been years since she attended the Middlebury Club, Alumna Natasha Grove says the Boys & Girls Club left an impact that will last a lifetime. “The Club helped me find self-confidence and my voice,” says Natasha. “It helped shape me into who I am today and inspired me to pursue my Master’s degree in Social Work.”