What can I do to help?
Actually, I get asked this question frequently. It had me thinking how grateful I am that a group of special people in our community give so much. These individuals have helped to assure the young boys and girls of Kingston and Saugerties and beyond have a safe place to grow, and get the caring support to explore their dreams and build on their talents.
I am Dan Whalen, the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County.
I was born and raised in Kingston and grew up in and around the same neighborhoods as many of our current club members. Today I am living my dream and helping our local youth develop the skills necessary to live theirs.
What I’d like you to know is that the doors of your local Kingston and Saugerties Boys and Girls Clubs are open to serve over 800 local youth members each year. This is possible because of the donations and volunteer efforts of so many good people like you.
When our children walk through our doors, they engage in a daily curriculum full of programs and activities proven to lead them to success. Our program focuses on
education, character & leadership, sports & recreation, and the arts. To assure our youth are getting the proper nutrition they need to stay healthy we serve our club members over 27,000 meals annually through our Nutrition program.
By evidence of our Alumni and their stories, it’s not by accident that so many of our youth go on to further their education with college degrees, great jobs, and become volunteers in the communities where they live. We have been blessed with a Staff of educated, experienced professionals who provide guidance, and build the confidence and self- esteem necessary for our youth to reach their potential.
The Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County members understand life’s challenges and they are given the skills to face those challenges with a purpose to succeed. With the help and the support of your donation today we can continue to serve more children and build stronger communities.
We mailed this letter to you because you can make a difference, we promise to put your contribution to work to positively change the lives of the youth in our community.
With Sincere Appreciation,
Sustaining Member Committee