The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows kicked off operations at its 20th location on June 21 with a ribbon-cutting party celebration to mark the beginning of an exciting partnership with Washoe County.
The Club’s newest site is located at the Joe Mitchell Community Center in Lemmon Valley, right next door to Lemmon Valley Elementary School. In addition to summer camp programs, the Club will now offer year-round before- and after-school programs that emphasize education, health and good citizenship – all for the cost of a $20 annual membership.
The Club’s mission is to provide a positive place where children have fun while building the character to succeed as teens and adults. The Club at Lemmon Valley provides this opportunity to another northern Nevada community and offers a better use for the community center, which was underutilized. Washoe County Parks and Recreation generously signed a long-term lease with the Club, essentially giving us free rent. The Club has spent the last two months refurbishing the building from top to bottom, adding great assets like a computer lab, art room, socializing areas and a quiet room for tutoring and homework. The Club will be professionally staffed with mentors trained to make children’s time at the Club productive and fun.
The private and public partners who helped with this project are too numerous to mention, but it is another example of great things happening in a community that cares about its future.
In addition to adding the 20th site, the Club also expects to exceed 10,000 members in 2011. Much of this growth has happened during difficult economic times, when the Club’s services have been needed the most.
Welcome Lemmon Valley members! We are looking forward to great things in the future.