A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm
I hope this letter finds you in a good place this summer. We have started summer with a bang and with only two weeks under our belt, the summer programs look great. Staff has done a wonderful job of preparing an exciting and varied slate of programs and special experiences for our members. The new William N. Pennington Facility opened for business on Monday, June 16, and the response has been nothing short of amazing! Over 300 youth attended the first week of summer camp at the site, and for week two, we have over 400!! Many supporters have wondered whether the new facility would impact participation at other Club locations, but I am happy to report that we are seeing record numbers at most of our traditional summer sites. The Donald W. Reynolds Facility, our original Club and the ‘mothership’ of our organization, continues to be our biggest summer site with over 600 youth attending this past week. This just goes to prove how vital our services are for the youth of Northern Nevada.
In the Boys & Girls Club world we know we have a very tough customer, the kids, and we judge much of our success through their eyes. We often say that ‘kids vote with their feet’. Simply put, if they like what we are doing, they come back, and if they really like what we are doing they come back and bring a friend! By those standards, I would have to say that after two weeks in the new facility, and in our summer programming in general, things are going even better than expected. A special thanks to all those responsible for helping us fund this worthwhile project. If there was ever a doubt that the William N. Pennington Project was necessary, doubt no more!
With the new building up and running and summer off to such a great start, the organization is getting back to the basics. We have spent a lot of time raising funds for the new building, and now the business starts of ensuring our annual fundraising efforts are on track to reach the goals necessary to sustain our ‘new’ normal in operating expenses. In this newsletter and on our website, please explore ways for you to get even more involved in supporting the youth of Northern Nevada. While the William N. Pennington Facility has obviously helped fill the void of services for youth in Southwest Reno, there are still many needs in our community.