Local fundraiser supports programs for youth across Lincoln
Lincoln, NE — This year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County is celebrating 15 years of empowering youth to reach their full potential.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County (BGCL) was founded in 2007. On the first day, founding board member Jack Coogan went out in the neighborhood and recruited one young BGCL member and was thrilled. At the end of the first year, BGCL had served 175 young people. In 2018, BGCL expanded their services to two sites in Lincoln. Today, BGCL has served over 15,000 since its establishment.
As part of their 15-year festivities, BGCL is raising money through Give to Lincoln Day, an annual day of giving coordinated by Lincoln Community Foundation. With a goal of $80,000, all funds raised will go directly to BGCL’s STEM, workforce, and summer programs. BGCL’s programming not only supports the current social needs of families but, more importantly, prioritizes their economic futures.
Boys & Girls Club’s summer programs will serve middle and high schoolers from across Lincoln. The nonprofit centers around three priorities of academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In recent years, the organization has also taken a new focus on workforce development, giving students opportunities to build new skills, explore careers, do job-specific training, and engage in work-based learning.
BGCL will never turn a family away for inability to pay. For families who do, BGCL ensures that they will not feel paycheck fatigue. For only $100 a year, each member has a safe place for positive mentorship, daily meals, and engaging clubs.
“We are excited to play such an important role in the lives of Lincoln’s future leaders. Our board, staff and supporters are committed to ensuring all youth have access to high-quality and high impact programs. At the end of the day, youth development is all that we do!” says Executive Director Kimberly Goins. “The path young people are shaping now matters. That’s why our Club activities, community partnerships, workforce development, and events are all focused on helping kids fill the shoes of Lincoln’s future leaders.”
Give to Lincoln Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26 – but individuals can donate all month long to be part of the campaign. To give to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County, visit their giving page at bit.ly/BGCGivetoLincoln.