We are now on LinkedIn

Vertical WordBoys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) have focused on having a strong social media presence over the past year which was increased recently with the addition of a LinkedIn account.

“Having a presence on LinkedIn is just one more way we can reach out to potential employees and let them know that BGCC is a great place to build a career and share a passion for helping children and youth,” says Nikki Malcolm, our HR manager.

Stampede kicks up new partnership

1fbThe Ismaili Muslim Community in Calgary is continuing its tradition of giving by partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary to make a positive impact on the lives of children and youth in our city.

The Ismaili Council for the Prairies and BGCC have agreed to a two-year partnership for the annual Ismaili Community Stampede Float entry and Stampede breakfast.

This year, the partnership will focus on the value of education. The breakfast will raise funds for “Ready, Set, Go!” Family Pre-school Program, BGCC’s early childhood education program for low-income families. The float will focus on the importance of education in building resiliency in Calgary’s youth.

Volunteer given foundation award, scholarship

Shannon EkkelShannon Ekkel has been sharing her unique skills and talents with the youth of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary for only a short time but that does not diminish the huge impact she is having with our kids.

Shannon dedicates a couple of times a week to the kids of BGCC by assisting us with the Food and Nutrition in Schools (FANS) program and teaches baking basics through our Junior Chefs program to the kids at our Forest Lawn Club every Monday night.

How to get involved during flood recovery

DonateThe support from Calgarians during the current flood crisis is nothing but amazing and we have seen it first hand.

Recently, we put a call out to volunteers to help clean up one of our shelter and the response was incredible. THANK YOU to everyone who helped, offered to help or had our youth in their thoughts.

While the cleanup of the shelter is complete, there are still ways for people to help. We are currently seeking cash donations or donations of gift cards for the youth who lost all their belongings in the flood.

Flood damages shelter: donations, help needed

Calgary 20130624 00171Like so many people in Southern Alberta, some of our youth were among those affected. The flood damaged our Safe House facility which is a homeless shelter that provides housing and emotional support for youth between the ages of 15-19.

Our youth need you now more than ever. While we have been able to give the affected youth shelter in our other facilities, several youth lost all of their belongings in the flood. We are looking for donations of gift cards so the youth can replace their clothing and other personal belongings.

We also need volunteers for clean-up.

Community clubs and program closures

To stay informed of updates regarding our clubs and programs in light of the state of emergency in Calgary, visit this blog posting. Make sure to check back often as information will change as soon as we can provide updates.

Celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week

Dancer1Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary has a rapidly growing Aboriginal Services team which has been busy this week celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week.

National Aboriginal Day began in 1996 when former Governor General, The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21st to be National Aboriginal Day.

This day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and cultures in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.

Race for Kids "amazing"

Img 0461   SmallerEver dream about what it would be like to participate in the popular television show The Amazing Race?

If so, your dream could come true if you sign up for our one-of-a-kind event this summer called the Capital One Race for Kids! The June 1st event is designed for those of us who are over the age of 18 who want to be a kid again. Your team of four will follow a set of clues leading you to a series of challenging checkpoints in a race to the finish line.

Alumna remembers experiences with BGCC

Magan3“Sharing is caring,” says 20-year-old Magan Truesdale.

That was her response when asked why she was willing to share her story about the years she spent with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC). Magan also encourages others involved with BGCC to share their stories as well.

“We need to share about the things that are important in life, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, which supports kids.”