Great Futures Annual Campaign

We are helping save the lives of Langlade County children one day at a time. The increase in number of youths served, increases our cost substantially. I encourage community members to come and take a tour to see firsthand the impact we have on our youth.

Brian Millar, Board President

The Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County kicks off their Annual Great Futures Campaign.

The campaign is the most important financial support effort the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County has each year, raising funds for after-school programs and services for youth in elementary through high school grades living in Langlade County. This year’s goal is $150,000. “We cannot do it alone,” Executive Director Angel Zimmerman said.  “We need the support of caring people and community leaders.”

The Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. “We invite everyone to join us again this year to bring hope, to provide a safe place, and to give the gift of a great future to these kids in our community,” Zimmerman said. “Investors allow the Club to provide a safe haven and supportive environment to the youth of Langlade County.”

In the campaign’s first phase, board and staff members kicked off the fundraiser with personal donations. The second phase, which is now opening, involves seeking contributions primarily from local community members and businesses. Funds raised through the Great Futures Campaign will be used primarily to support the general expenses of the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County and to assist with their rapid growth of membership and youth served. Supporters can also request to have their investment allocated to a specific area or program as they see fit.

“We receive a number of contributions throughout the year that are restricted for specific projects like building repairs and to run specific programs” Zimmerman said. “This campaign is so important because the funds help with keeping professional and qualified employees to work with our youth.” So far in 2017, on average 120 youth participated in our after-school programs daily.   Due to the increase this summer the Boys & Girls Club hired an additional 11 staff. With only three weeks in to Summer Camp the Club’s average daily attendance has increased by 30% from 2016 with a record high attendance of 206 youth in one day!

To provide programming for one child costs the club $750 a year, yet it only charges a $25 fee to be a club member.

All of the Boys & Girls Club programs are offered for nominal fees, with financial assistance available to those who can’t afford to pay.  Nutritious snacks and meals are served to every member every day after school and during our summer sessions as part of summer camp in many cases, these are their only hot meals of the day. In 2016, the Boys & Girls Club provided youth 18 & under with more than 38,000 meals at no charge. This includes breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. With attendance increasing they expect to serve more than 50,000 meals by the end of 2017.

“No child is ever turned away because of the inability to pay the membership fee, “Zimmerman said. “By concentrating on children who need us most, we provide each child who comes to our club the tools to make positive choices. Amazing kids come into our club every day and share with us their stories of determination, triumph, and perseverance.”

Thanks to the community’s generous support, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Langlade County will help shape the futures of more than 2,800 youth throughout Langlade County in 2017.

“We are helping save the lives of Langlade County children one day at a time. The increase in number of youths served, increases our cost substantially. I encourage community members to come and take a tour to see firsthand the impact we have on our youth.” Said Brian Millar, Board President

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County contact a board member to set up a tour. Board members are Dan Sheldon, Rita Stowe, Tom Koss, Brian Millar, Katie Musolff, Kim McCann, Molly Held, Rick Kotecki, Shaughn Novy, Tami Stueck and Tara Guelzow.

The Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County is located at 411 Superior St., the former Langlade County Normal School. It was founded in 2000, is a non-profit, privately-funded 501{c}{3} organization and depends on private donations and volunteers to accomplish its mission.

“We would encourage everyone to please consider investing in the youth of Langlade County by giving to our 2017 Great Futures Annual Campaign,” Zimmerman said. “With their help, the Boys and Girls Club will be a positive force in Langlade County for the next 16 years and beyond.”

For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact the Boys & Girls Club at 715-627-1389 or email info@bgclang.org

“We invite everyone to join us again this year to bring hope, to provide a safe place, and to give the gift of a great future to these kids in our community. Investors allow the Club to provide a safe haven and supportive environment to the youth of Langlade County”

Angel Zimmerman, Executive Director

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