Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County Fundraiser Campaign Launches in Hopes to Open Four New Clubs
FORT MYERS, FL (September 29, 2015) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County (BGCLC) is launching their 12×12 campaign October 1st for the entire month, in hopes of gaining funds for their existing Clubs and raising enough funds to open four new Clubs over the course of two years. For more information on the campaign, please visit http://donate.loveleekids.org.
The BGCLC vision is to provide a Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters 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. The Clubs provide an enriching after school regime that have a five core program curriculum, covering academics, character building, leadership, arts, sports and fitness, and healthy lifestyles.
CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Shannon Lane, said, “Each of the five Clubs around Lee County have a waiting list for children to get in. It’s been like this since 2010 and it is time we make a change.” She went on to say, “$1 donated [to the BGCLC] is equivalent to $12.81. If we can unite as a community and get roughly 1,400 people to donate just $12 a month for 12 months, that should get us to our goal of $200,000 which is what we need in order to open our Clubs.”
The latest figures for Lee County show the graduation rate at 75.2% and the drop-out rate at 3.9%. Studies confirm that students who spend time in after school programs are 43% less likely to drop out of school, 51% less likely to use drugs, 63% less likely to become teen parents, and 26% more likely to become a college graduate.
If you would like to be part of this change in the community, and help with the funding of existing and future Clubs to keep our youth on track, please visit http://donate.loveleekids.org.