The Walt Disney Company Supports Art and Technology Programming
The Walt Disney Company is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s most steadfast supporters. Disney’s Helping Kids Shine funds are supporting at-risk youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s Walt Disney World Clubhouse in Pine Hills and Tupperware Brands Branch in Kissimmee. At the Walt Disney World Clubhouse funds are providing continued support and enhancement of all arts programming; at the Tupperware Brands Branch funds are providing continued support and enhancement of all technology programming. These program enhancements help both Clubs provide an outcome-driven, world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle. More than 500 at-risk youth benefit from these programs on a daily basis.
Club Members Participate in Bright House Bright Ideas STEM From Today’s Youth
Did you know that by 2018, the United States will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields? That’s why Bright House Networks is helping youth, including our local Club members, create new opportunities for our local economies to prosper and flourish.
Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth is a multi-state competition where students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world more awesome. Participants will vie for the opportunity to compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience here in Orlando where an expert panel of judges will select one grand prize winner. The BIG winner will have the chance to work with a leading innovation firm – which could help this student’s (or team of students) dream or idea potentially be realized and fulfilled! For more information, visit www.brighthouse.com/brightideas.
Buffalo Wild Wings Keep Our Club Members Active!
Buffalo Wild Wings’ charitable giving mission – TEAM UP FOR KIDS™ – centers on the vision: There is a champion in every child. The restaurant chain is committed to helping build communities where all kids can thrive, compete, and belong to a team. As part of this mission, Buffalo Wild Wings has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play on sports teams each year. They will donate at least $6 million for BGCA by 2017. Guests at their restaurants can join the effort through donations from sauce and seasoning bottle purchases and in-restaurant fundraising events. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com/giving.
Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Support Programs That Enhance Educational Opportunities For Our Youth
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida is grateful to the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation for its funding of our Cocoa Branch’s Education and Career Development Program. A generous $10,000 grant from CICF will give our Cocoa Club members, 83% of whom come from low income families, access to programming that improves all-important reading and math proficiency. The CICF focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship.
FCA Support Key Programming for our Club Members
This year, the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Foundation granted Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida $10,000 in agency operating funds. The Foundation is dedicated to “charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, and build strong, viable communities.” The critical operating funds provided by the FCA grant help BGCCF propel our Club members toward great futures through academic success, good character & citizenship and healthy lifestyles. We are grateful to the FCA Foundation for helping us care for the area’s underserved children.
OMYF Supports Education & Career Development Programming
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida was recently awarded $100,000 from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The generous grant will support Education & Career Development programming at four local Clubs. The funding allows our Club staff to utilize targeted programs that reinforce and celebrate continual learning, make learning fun for youth, recognize members’ efforts and help them see the relevance of what they are learning to real life and their futures. Thank you to OMYF for your ongoing partnership and support of Central Florida youth!
Publix Super Market Charities Make a Major Contribution to our Signature Fundraising Events
Publix Super Market Charities is “dedicated to the dignity and value of the human spirit…and devoted to the highest standards of community involvement as demonstrated by our founder George W. Jenkins.” This year Publix donated $35,000 to help fund Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s largest outreach events—Celebrate the Children and Faces of the Future. These two events not only generate the funds that allow us to serve nearly 14,000 children, but importantly, introduce thousands of people to our mission annually. Because of their generosity, 100% of the funds raised at our Faces of the Future breakfasts directly benefit the children we serve. We are grateful to Publix for its dedication to our community’s youth.
Ross Stores Foundation Supports Our Club’s Power Hour & Educational Programming
Committed to helping youth excel academically and graduate from high school, Ross Stores is a national sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages 6 to 18. As a part of this partnership, Ross Stores is underwriting the implementation of Power Hour at certain Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Additionally, Ross Stores is supporting local Clubs at select Ross Dress for Less. Thank you, Ross, for helping our students improve their all-important reading skills!
Taco Bell Foundation for Teens Supports our Central Florida Members
For almost 20 years, the Taco Bell Foundation has been one of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s most generous corporate sponsors. The Taco Bell Foundation Grant is particularly aimed at helping teens graduate from high school, by providing funding for Boys & Girls Clubs’ middle and high school programs, and by challenging each teen to make a personal pledge to graduate. By 2018, the Foundation’s largesse will have helped more than 568,000 teens graduate nationwide. This year, the Foundation is providing $35,310 of direct programming support to our local Clubs.
Wells Fargo Foundation Helps Give Our Club members a Dose of Reality
Recently the Wells Fargo Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida a grant of $10,000 to fund REALITY CHECK, a day-long financial literacy program for high school Club members. The program is aimed at equipping young people with the knowledge they need to make prudent financial decisions as they approach adulthood, and includes interactive sessions on financial planning, goal setting and career planning. BGCCF is grateful to the Wells Fargo Foundation for their faithful and generous support.
The Westgate Resorts Foundation Supports Education and Career Development Programming
The Westgate Resorts Foundation has awarded BGCCF a $20,000 grant to fund our Cocoa Branch’s Education and Career Development Program. This highly effective program provides at-risk youth with a comprehensive educational enrichment strategy that improves their chances to stay in school, stay out of trouble, and graduate with future school and/or career plans. The Westgate Resorts Foundation believes that if families are equipped to break through barriers such as homelessness, domestic violence, gaps in education or returning to the workforce after military service, then they keep working or quickly return to work, paving their own path to self-sufficiency and lifelong success. The recent grant to BGCCF was part of a $1,000,000 charitable donation to dozens of worthy community programs.