The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern North Carolina is delighted to report the receipt of a two-year grant totaling $1,653,200 from the New Hanover Community Endowment. The Endowment, in a generous disbursement of over $53 million in grants to philanthropic efforts in the county, recognized the vital impact the Boys & Girls Clubs has on local youth and is investing in the organization’s infrastructure and growth.
A significant focus of funding is on the acquisition of transportation equipment, a critical need for the organization. In Wilmington the Boys & Girls Club transports Club members every day from 22 local schools to our Club sites. Providing transportation for elementary, middle and high school students is a critical piece of ensuring that the Boys & Girls Clubs are available to as many youth as possible. The six newly acquired vehicles include three brand new 72-passenger buses, one large used bus and two new minibuses. A phenomenal upgrade to the organization’s fleet and will allow us to retire several of our oldest vehicles.
In addition, the Endowment grant will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs to launch a literacy intervention program, to enhance leadership development programing, and to increase the number of youth served.
“The transformative grant from the New Hanover County Endowment is a game changer for us. Getting kids to our Clubs is key to achieving our mission. These new buses will allow us to reach more children, with safe reliable vehicles, ensuring that they have access to our life-changing programs in a safe and supportive environment,” says Kristin McPeters, Chief Development Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern North Carolina.
The Boys & Girls Clubs extend heartfelt gratitude to the New Hanover Community Endowment for their partnership and belief in the power of our mission. This grant propels us forward in our commitment to serving and empowering youth of all ages across New Hanover County.