WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast along with other corporate supporters presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County with a brand new 2016 Chevrolet Express Passenger van (MSRP $40,000), generously donated by McGinn and Company, as part of the non-profit's Back2School™ Stuff the Bus challenge. Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County's Marjorie S. Fisher Club was awarded the van because of their service to kids in the community.
The new vehicle will be used to help the organization with transporting kids and teens to the facility after-school. The critical resource is vital in helping local youth get the opportunity to attend a Club to engage in Club programming and activities like homework help, STEM learning, coding, sports and leadership clubs.
Comcast employees at the company's headquarters in Philadelphia helped fill the bus with donated supplies back in September. In addition, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County will be awarded $25,000 cash as well as other donated supplies from partners with a value of more than $25,000 including:
- Kid Collection Socks from Gold Toe®
- $3,000 in Gift Cards from JoAnn Fabrics & Craft Stores
- Art with Edge Coloring Books, Ultra-Clean Washable Markers and Colored Pencils from Crayola
- Softgrip Rulers, Deluxe-Double Sharpeners, Student Scissors, Kids Scissors from Fiskars
- Nutra-Bars from ViSalus
- 200 new Backpacks from Burlington Stores
- $300 in Gift Cards from Family Dollar
- Black G2 gel ink pens from Pilot Pen
In addition, Lenovo will provide a technology center makeover based upon the needs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
"Thank you to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Comcast and other partners for this incredible award that will make a tremendous impact for our kids and teens," said Jaene Miranda, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. "This new van will be a positive symbol of pride and opportunity for our young people. Additional transportation will help more kids and teens have the opportunity to experience our programs and ultimately enable more youth in Palm Beach County to achieve a great future."
"We know how vital having the right tools can be to a child's education, so at Comcast we are thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs locally and across the country through the Back2School Stuff the Bus challenge," said Derek Cooper, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment for the Comcast Florida Region. "We know this new vehicle and all the supplies it is filled with will have a major positive impact on the youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County."
The Back2School campaign aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Great Futures Campaign, which calls attention to the crisis facing kids and elevates the role of out-of-school time in reversing negative trends in the areas of poor academic performance, obesity, drug use, and youth-related violence. The Great Futures Campaign for America's kids is mobilizing the nation in support of after-school and summer programs that tackle these issues to inspire and empower more youth toward success.
For more information about ways to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America visit greatfutures.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (greatfutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at BGCA's Facebook and Twitter.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $180 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 8,000 children ages 6-18. For more information, please visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287. You can also follow Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
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