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Friday, 18 July 2014 16:38

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Friday, 18 July 2014 16:37

What`s Happening

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:01

About Us

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:48

Child Safety

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CCS Logo 314x78Ensuring the safety of children is fundamental to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs. For more than 100 years, child protection and safety have been the bedrock principles of our work. The many actions we have taken over the years include advocating for the passage of the U.S. PROTECT Act, which improved background screening systems and access. We've also partnered with the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the CDC to contribute to the development of safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.

In today's world, young people are faced with enormous challenges – from poverty to the high school dropout crisis to an obesity epidemic – that threaten their chance to have great futures. And, unfortunately, headlines remind us every day that we live in a dangerous world that puts too many young people – America's most precious resource – at serious risk.

Given these realities, we must be ever-vigilant in ensuring that our Clubs are safe havens for America's youth, staffed by caring adult mentors who have the best interests of kids at heart. While child safety has been priority #1 for Clubs throughout our history, our work in this area is never done.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is committed to helping our Clubs provide a safe and secure experience for youth. Through our Child & Club Safety Department, we implement a six-step plan that follows the best practices available today, using the latest advances in technology and expertise:

  1. Criminal background checks are required for every staff member and volunteer who has direct contact with children. BGCA partners with LexisNexis, the world's largest data company, to provide the most comprehensive screenings available today.
  2. Through our partnership with Praesidium, one of the nation's leading safety experts, BGCA provides a 24-hour toll-free Child Safety Hotline to allow Club managers, staff members, volunteers and Club members to confidentially report suspicions or concerns. For Club-related child safety issues, contact the Child Safety Hotline at (phone) 866-607-SAFE (7233) or email . For child safety concerns that are NOT related to a Boys & Girls Club, contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453).
  3. Ongoing training and supervision of staff are critical. Clubs participate in a wide variety of child safety training conducted through seminars, conferences and webinars.
  4. Safety policies and procedures must adhere to the highest standards. Clubs are required to report any suspected child abuse to local authorities. No adult should ever be alone with a child – all activities inside and outside the Club must have appropriate ratios of staff and members.
  5. All facilities and vehicles are required to comply with federal, state and local safety laws. BGCA works with leading experts in the area of security technology to develop state-of-the art solutions for our 4,000 sites.
  6. We work hard to create a Culture of Safety, which includes the following initiatives:

National Child Safety Advisory Task Force, made up of leading experts
National Peer Review Program to share best practices
National Safety Award Program to recognize leadership and innovation
National Child Safety and Protection Symposium, a forum to enable all youth organizations to share their best ideas and solutions for protecting kids

These are just some of the steps we take to ensure the safety of children. We constantly look for ways to improve our practices and training for our local Clubs and staff, and will continuously introduce additional resources as they become available.

Our message to communities and parents is clear: We work every day to create a safe, fun environment where kids can pursue academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle – all under the guidance of caring, trained, trustworthy adult leaders.

And our message to anyone who would potentially compromise our Clubs and our mission is equally clear: We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, and we put resources behind that stance.

America's young people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety, and our firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:31

Our Team

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Sean Thomas

Senior Designer

 

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Bennie Moran

Developer

 

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Nicholas Mitchell

Developer

 

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Nicholas Mitchell

Designer.

 

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Sean Thomas

Tester

 

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Bennie Moran

Senior Project Manager

 

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Nicholas Mitchell

Project manager

 

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Nicholas Mitchell

Community manager.

 

 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:36

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:35

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 17:22

Donations

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We wish to thank the many contributors who have supported the Club over the years. Your generosity has made it possible for our important work to continue.

It takes lots of human and capital resources to keep the Club humming and ticking and gathering the finances we need to provide excellent programs is an ongoing effort. We depend upon support from many sources: giving organizations, local and federal governments, businesses, and private individuals.

Please consider making a contribution. Contributions can be made through cash, checks, or credit card. Checks should be made payable to: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke. Donors can support general operations, may restrict their contribution to a program of their choice, or can honor the life, work or memory of a family member or friend. Any unspecified donations will go to our annual Campaign for Kids, which includes scholarship assistance. Questions about donations or other financial support can be directed to Development Officer Ann Mann, extension 126, 413-534-7366 or

Tax Deductible Donations: All contributions are tax deductible. The Boys & Girls Club of Holyoke is a private, non-profit organization and is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) under the IRS Code. Donations can be made through our secure on-line donation form or sent to: Boys & Girls Club of Holyoke, 70 Nick Cosmos Way, PO Box 6256, Holyoke, MA 01041.

Planned Gifts: The Boys & Girls Club of Holyoke is happy to accept gifts of securities, property or other assets. These can be designated for general program operations or restricted to a program or project of your choice. The Club will arrange for a qualified financial planner to speak with you to discuss options.

In-Kind Gifts: Gifts of goods or services can support program or administrative needs. For more information about how to volunteer (Download volunteer application) or donate goods call (413) 534-7366.

Special Events: The Club sponsors a number of fundraising events throughout the year including A Night For Nick each fall and the Bruce E. Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament held each May. Please see our Special Events (Click Here) page for more information.

Friday, 07 October 2011 16:49

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Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:42

A New Chapter Begins

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Twenty-seven years wasn’t nearly enough time. It’s not often that statements like that are made. But in this case; the tenure of Bruce E. Thompson as Executive Director and President of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, it couldn’t be truer. Bruce passed away on June 10, 2008 after a valiant fight against cancer. Bruce left his loving wife Margaret and two wonderful sons, Ryan and Patrick. He also left the Board, staff and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and the Holyoke community at large who respected, admired and even loved him. “It was not hard to be a fan of Bruce’s. He was an exceptional person who really extended himself to be of assistance to others. Even though our paths did not cross frequently, whenever they did, I was impressed with his common sense approach and willingness to listen. It was always evident that he loved his job, that he truly enjoyed working with the staff and that the youngsters were his number one priority,” wrote Nancy Reiche, Vice President for Programs, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Mayor Michael J. Sullivan, a long-time friend and supporter of Mr. Thompson described Bruce’s death as “a blow to the people of the City of Holyoke” in an interview given to Channel 22 of Springfield.

Bruce saw the Club through some lean economic times. Acting Executive Director, Nancy A. Budd remembers when it was tough to meet payroll, and states that, “Much of what is taken for granted now by staff and members alike was hard to come by back in the day. But Bruce forged ahead with the support of an active Board of Directors and some loyal staff members to not only survive those times but to grow and branch out, in terms of both Club venues as well as services.” The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke operates in the main Club location at Nick Cosmos Way as well as in four satellite units in Holyoke Housing Authority complexes at Beaudoin Village, Churchill Homes, Lyman Terrace and Toepfert Apartments. “We run programs in Holyoke’s Middle Schools as well”, states Mrs. Budd. “We have to go where the children are, Bruce would say. The Club, through Bruce’s vision and leadership, and with the help of an openhanded community and amazing partners now serves some 4,000 children in the greater Holyoke area.”

The crown jewel of Bruce’s tenure was the purchase of Mt. Tom. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke partnering with the Trustees of Reservations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Environmental Management purchased the Mountain in order to keep it from being systematically quarried over the next fifty years. Without these preservation efforts, what we know as Mt. Tom would not be distinguishable from any other body of land on the horizon.

Bruce’s vision for Mt. Tom involved it being utilized as a recreational site for the inner city children we serve as well as a leisure destination for families from all over Western Mass. Bruce won’t see his dream come to fruition, but the development of Mt. Tom has been left in the hands of a capable and committed Board of Directors. “Bruce’s dream will be realized”, Board Chairman, David Donoghue said. “This Board is committed to developing Mt. Tom and restoring it to a place of prominence in the Pioneer Valley. As the Club moves forward and a new Executive Director is chosen, Mt. Tom will be a priority. Bruce wanted to give our children an opportunity to explore the great outdoors, to play on green grass and swim in open water…we want to make sure that we meet that commitment. Bruce never let us down, and now it’s our turn to return the favor”.

Life goes on at the Club. Children still came on June 11th, and the staff still greeted them with open arms. “ It’s not always easy”, said staff member, Mary Davis, who worked along side Bruce for twenty-three of his twenty-seven years. “I miss him every day. He always brought a smile and a kind word, even when we knew he was hurting.” When summarizing Bruce Thompson’s legacy a couple of words jump to the front of my mind. The first is commitment, the second is passion. The people and projects that Bruce was involved with knew that passionate commitment. Bruce’s sons, Ryan and Patrick who eulogized their father spoke of always feeling his support in whatever they endeavored to do. I venture to say that anyone who knew Bruce, either a little or a lot nodded their heads in agreement.

And so a new chapter begins. And in another twenty-seven years if or when we have the privilege to look back on it; perhaps we can better appreciate the visionary that was Bruce Thompson. He was a man who could look at a blank canvas and create magic. If that canvas be a child, he could envision a better future. If that canvas be a Boys & Girls Club he could envision a broader scope, a chance to make more of a difference than could be made with a single child. If that canvas be a mountain, he saw endless possibilities…those for the child that lived near that mountain, those for the Club that served that child and those for the community that was fortunate enough to house that mountain and know Bruce Thompson. Please consider checking back with us in the years to come and watch as Bruce’s legacy enhances your life.

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Why Boys & Girls Clubs?

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

 

 

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