A Message from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura CEO, Patti Birmingham:

Our teens gave back to their community by volunteering.

The holiday season brings thoughts of loved ones and those who mean the most to us.
At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, this includes all the incredible community supporters that help make dreams for our kids come true!  For those of you who have shared your time, talents, and treasure with us in 2023 we thank you, on behalf of our kids and staff. I can tell each of you, with full purpose of heart, that YOUR support has contributed to a life-long impact in the lives of our community’s youth. Ventura County is a great place to work and live.

About Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura:

We provide very affordable, out of school time programs in East and West Ventura, Saticoy, and Oak View. Our goal is to meet youth “where they stand” in their academic, social, and emotional development. Each child is unique and our staff who mentor and encourage our kids welcome all who come through our doors, regardless of circumstances. We are also meeting the needs of our families – providing free Club membership and transportation (from school to the Club) for middle school and high school members, with need-based Club membership scholarships for elementary youth as well.

Our programs are centered around building academic success, emphasizing social and emotional development; and partnering with other groups and organizations to provide a wide range of interesting, engaging offerings to our kids – such as STEM, arts, physical fitness, specialty clubs, and leadership & community service opportunities. Our programs are designed to establish character, confidence, leadership and build the steps toward a life of health and wellness. Our days are filled with fun in a welcoming setting where “kids can be kids”.

Holiday Season Fun:

Aera Energy and Realty One Group Summit provided gifts and some clothes to some of our Club members throughout Ventura, Oak View and Saticoy. Members were able to receive shoes, clothes, and other items. They were so grateful that most were wearing their new clothes the next day.

The Oak View teens volunteered to hand out Turkeys to families for Thanksgiving and baked cookies for their schoolteachers for Christmas. They were also very excited to participate in a Secret Santa exchange and White Elephant game.

Our Westview teens gave back to their community by volunteering at the West End Holiday event with Arise Ventura, Rotary Club of Ventura, Coats for Kids, SoCalGas, Interact, Children’s Hunger Fund, CHP and Spark of Love, where over 500 youth and their families received coats, toys and food. At the Westview Clubhouse, our kids made snow globe souvenirs for their loved ones and baked some homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Our Saticoy teens co-hosted the annual “Share-iff’s Toy Drive”, an annual event with Ventura Sheriff’s Department, which was a huge success. The event provided toys for community youth and our Club kids. There were horses, Santa, snow cones, and lots of Holiday fun!

Learn More – Building a Great Future for Our Community:

For those who are interested in learning more about our four Boys & Girls Clubhouses serving kids 6-18 years of age with very affordable, out of school time programs in Ventura, Saticoy, and Oak view, please reach out to us for more information. Join us as families utilizing our services, or as caring community members able to support, either financially or as volunteers – or all the above! We would love to hear from you!

For more information:

Website: www.bgclubventura.org

Phone: 805-641-5585 – [email protected]

Happy Holidays to you and yours! May your coming year be filled with great joy and fulfillment!

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