ATLANTA, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During the holidays, Boys & Girls Club members across the country are demonstrating their commitment to service by giving back to their communities. Members of the public can join in, too, by participating in Boys & Girls Clubs of America's (BGCA) annual "Give the Gift of a Great Future" holiday campaign, which provides a host of easy ways to support the organization and its commitment to create great futures for kids.
BGCA is recognizing the many ways Club kids serve their communities, from participating in clean-ups to visiting senior citizens, and dozens of other service activities, through the Kids Give Back Contest, now in its fourth year. The public is invited to vote for their favorite stories at GreatFutures.org from Monday, Nov. 24 to Friday, Dec. 12. The winning Club will receive a generous grant.
"Inspiring the desire to give back to others is a critical ingredient in our mission at Boys & Girls Clubs," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. "Instilling the value of community service in young people is fundamental to their positive development. It's inspiring and heartwarming to see kids who have such great needs themselves put others first. We can all learn from their example."
To further encourage the spirit of giving to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America, during the holiday season, every dollar donated to BGCA will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million. The match, made possible thanks to a generous matching gift from entertainment industry moguls Monique and Timothy 'Timbaland' Mosley and their Always Believing Foundation, will run through Dec. 31.
In addition, there are a number of easy ways to support BGCA while enjoying seasonal shopping for friends and family. Partners like Family Dollar, GAP Brands, GoDaddy, JCPenney, Mattel, Bon-Ton, RetailMeNot and UPS are all supporting BGCA this season through cause marketing. For more details and a full list of the incredible partners that support our holiday programs, visit GreatFutures.org/pages/partners.
No matter the season, BGCA encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. Visit GreatFutures.org to learn more about how to give back throughout the holidays and the rest of the year.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 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 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American 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, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
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