Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Blog

By Lynn Morrow 19 Jan, 2018
Club members of all ages are encouraged to attend this FREE event on January 25 at 3:00pm at the Jeffers Unit! Pro golfer, Derrick Allen, will teach participants the joys of golf and how it can change lives. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the sport and how kids can apply golfing principles to life!
By Lynn Morrow 19 Jan, 2018
Do you love a hearty bowl of home made chili? Do you love supporting the kids in our community? This event is for you! Come out to Morrison Reeves Library for their annual Chili for Charity fundraising event and get a bottomless bowl for just $10, plus, if you "tip" Jen at her station, she'll let you wear her chef's outfit and get a picture. ;)
By Lynn Morrow 18 Jan, 2018
We're teaming up with Earlham College to get our Club girls inspired by women in sports! Club members ages 6-12 are encouraged to attend; please RSVP to the Club by January 31st. The bus will leave the Jeffers Unit at 9:30am and return at 3:00pm. The event is only $2.00 per participant, and lunch will be included. Be sure to bring a bathing suit!
By Lynn Morrow 17 Jan, 2018
This free event will connect our community youth with potential employers, mentors, and colleges in the area to give them the jump start they need to have great futures. If you're interested in representing your business or organization, email Lee Ann at lapowell@bgcrichmond.org or call (765) 962-6922!


To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Blog

By Lynn Morrow 19 Jan, 2018
Our Annual Dinner brought together two hundred community members and organization representatives who share and support our mission to enable Wayne County youth to realize their full potential, for which we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you to each and every one of you for a successful evening, and your continuing commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County!
By Lynn Morrow 15 Jan, 2018
What better way to get kids in the holiday spirit than to provide a way for them to give back to their families? 
It doesn't take a lot to get kids revved up for Christmas, but, in some cases, exchanging gifts can be a struggle for families. Sure, children are big fans of receiving presents, but this Christmas Shop can show them just how fulfilling giving can be, and brings a special cheer to their loved ones on Christmas Day.

Christmas Shop history:
After discovering how many knick-knacks and other items people have accumulated that are never used, Carla Stidham started the Christmas Shop in 1996 with the express purpose of providing a way for members to Christmas shop for their families, and it’s grown leaps and bounds ever since, from 100 shoppers in 1996 to 527 in 2017!

All the items are totally FREE for the kids!
Stidham and her 5 committee shoppers shop all year round with their keen eye for bargains and encourage the community to donate to the cause, ensuring that, come the holiday season, members have an abundant selection of free, high quality gifts they can share with their loved ones.
A big thank you to our major donors: Kohl’s, Elder Beerman, and Warm Glow Candle!

How shopping works:

  1. The child checks in and makes a list of who they will be with on Christmas morning.
  2. A volunteer partners with the child to help them shop for the perfect gifts.
  3. Once the gifts have been selected, the child goes to the boxing station to receive a box or bag to carry the items.
  4. Volunteer wrappers wrap all the presents individually at the wrapping station.
  5. The child takes all the wrapped presents home!

Volunteers make it happen:
Thanks to the 240 volunteers from all over the community, over 2,500 gifts were distributed! By wrapping gifts the members chose, walking through the shop with the youth to aide in selecting gifts, boxing, setting up, cleaning up, taking inventory, and so much more, those 527 kids  got to experience the joy in giving on Christmas Day! We’re absolutely thrilled to host a group of such hard working, passionate people and an incredible event that brings families together for the holidays.

By Lynn Morrow 14 Jan, 2018
On November 13th, we opened our fifth unit at 1900 West Main Street to accommodate the increase in member attendance. This not only offers a convenient location for members and their families living on the west side of Richmond, but it also frees up the other units from overcrowding, which is an issue that leads to less personal help with individual members and overworked staff. As of now there are 152 registered members.

We are so grateful for the support of the community in this endeavor through donations and funding, and to Living Word Christian Fellowship; we couldn’t have done it without you!


As little as one hour per week is all it takes to make a positive impact in a child's life. Click the button below to learn more about how you can make a difference by volunteering.
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