National Family Strengthening Award Goes to Martin County Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (BGCMC) was recently honored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with a $5,000 Family Strengthening Award. BGCMC was one of only 15 Clubs nationwide and the only Club in the state of Florida to receive the award.
BGCMC was recognized for its success in building and maintaining effective community collaboration as well as connecting families to resources and economic opportunities.
“We know that we won’t have the impact on kids and teens we want to have if we don’t reach out and support their families,” said Anne McCormick, BGCMC’s Executive Director. “This award isn’t just for us- it’s for all our collaborators and supporters who have long positioned Martin County’s families at the top of their agendas.”
Since 1991, BGCMC has worked with its community partners to offer a suite of services and programs for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. These services include: family counseling, assistance with legal services, fatherhood classes, school supply assistance, onsite Medicaid and Florida KidCare enrollment in both English and Spanish, wholesome, healthy food for low-income families on weekends, oral health clinics, exercise and fitness classes, hurricane preparedness and fire safety classes, swim lessons for both children and adults, and more than $35,000 in BGCMC Membership scholarships each year that ensures no child is turned away for his or her family’s inability to pay.
To learn more about the Annie E. Casey Foundation, please visit http://www.aecf.org. For more information on BGCMC, please call 772.545.1255 or visit http://www.bgcmartin.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (http://www.bgcmartin.org) inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.