As the demand for caregivers and after-school programs continues to rise, the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley located in Eugene is answering the call, and First Story is thrilled to have named the Club one of our largest Giving Grant recipients in 2022 with a $10,000 donation.

The Club offers after-school and summer programs for youth ages 6-18, minus the high fees that make many out-of-school programs unaffordable for families.

“We really reduce the financial barriers and access to our programs,” says Shelly Williams, the Club’s Resource Development Coordinator.

The Club, which now has two locations, also just wrapped up a busy Summer Camp season where they served more than 400 kids.

Club staff provided nine-week summer camps for youth entering 1st-8th grades. The camp fees ranged from $10-$125 per week and included breakfast, lunch, snacks, and two field trips per week. This experience provided youth:

  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • Emotional and physical support from adult mentors
  • Enrichment workshops and experiences
  • Education and career development assistance

Talk about a great bang for your buck!

To make it all work, The Club partners with local school districts and organizations to keep program costs low and offer scholarships to families that need financial assistance. And that’s where First Story is proud to play a role.

First Story’s $10,000 Giving Grant helped 40-50 students enroll in the summer camps. Without scholarships, these students wouldn’t have been able to participate due to the fees.

“Through partnerships with First Story, school districts, and other local organizations, we’re keeping kids active, safe, and having fun with their peers,” says Williams.

And we at First Story are proud to support the Club’s work and efforts to expand its reach and serve more students.