Help this Community Gem: The Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County

by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc. on May 28, 2010

There are so many things that make the South Puget Sound one of the country’s best places to live. One of the great gems in our community is the Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County.

The organization involves young boys and girls in wholesome — and fun – after-school activities that build their self-esteem and self-worth. They teach the values of responsibility and respect. They empower children to make wise and educated life choices. In this age of teen alcohol, drugs, premarital sex, and violence, we work to help create model citizens for our future.

The Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 1,750 youth, ages 5-18, from four Club locations in Tumwater, Rochester, Olympia and Lacey. The Clubs’ doors are open to kids from all schools and from all backgrounds. They serve children from 39 local schools. Approximately 18 percent of the kids are from single parent households. Thirty-three percent are from minority groups. Overall, 58 percent come from low-income households.

The Clubs’ vital services mean a lot to working families in our community. Memberships are just $25 per year and are waived in cases of financial hardship. Simply put, the Boys & Girls Clubs are a win-win situation for the entire family and are an investment in the future of our community.

Just yesterday, the organization held its annual fundraising breakfast. The money raised is vital to continuing the great work of the Clubs. In a hugely generous offer, the Boone family’s Stars Foundation set up a matching contribution challenge. Now through June 4th the Stars Foundation of Thurston County will match every donation made to the Clubs dollar-for-dollar. You can make a gift by visiting the Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County’s secure web site at

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