We’re elated to share that our Great Futures Campaign has raised over $10 million, surpassing its $9.875 million goal!
This would not have been possible without the contributions of tremendous donors who continue to provide for the needs of youth in our communities. It is because of you, our donors, that we can continue supporting youth as they work to build bright futures.
This is an extraordinary community filled with people who believe that every young person deserves a chance to realize their own great future. Our investors gave generously and in doing so, have given us a chance to serve more kids and make an even bigger difference. Simply stated, we could not be more grateful for their trust and partnership.-Greg Lemke-Rochon (CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley)
The Great Futures 2020 Campaign is the organization’s multi-faceted push to meet the developmental needs of a growing population of young people.
In 2020, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley evolved to meet the ever changing needs of the community’s youth and families, opening its doors to support youth of essential workers, providing more than 85,000 meals at its Club locations and through drive-through meal assistance, sharing virtual Club programming daily, providing virtual counseling and grief support, as well as offering student support through the Club’s many positive youth development programs and targeted support services.
By 2023, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley hopes to grow the number of young people it serves on average each school day from a pre-pandemic number of 1,300 to 1,700.
The recent addition of the Bergstrom Automotive Youth Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Menasha is one of many facility and program improvements made possible by the Great Futures Campaign. Other campaign objectives include new safety and security systems at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Appleton and Menasha, the opening of two new school-based Boys & Girls Clubs at James Madison Middle School (opening in June 2021) and Little Chute Intermediate School (opened in March 2021), increased investment in STEM educational supports, a career readiness lab, an expansion of the organization’s varied, no-cost mental and behavioral health services, additional transportation access, and improved outdoor recreational areas.
Since opening its doors in 1998, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley have grown to serve up to 15,000 area youth each year at multiple locations. The Club provides youth development programming, a diverse array of no-cost mental and behavioral health services such as the Center for Grieving Children, the Home Base program for youth who are homeless, Youth & Family Counseling, and educational support through the Club’s STAR initiative, truancy intervention services and more.