The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue recently opened their newly renovated Hidden Village Clubhouse at a community housing site, and Waggener Edstrom (WE) was lucky enough to be a sponsor for the celebration. On Sept. 12, three members of the Seattle office— Katie Solan, Kate Kohler and I— ventured to the beautiful new clubhouse a few hours before the ceremony was to take place. During that time, we met the staff, were given a tour, and played and lead activities with the children including table tennis, coloring and several rousing games of Red Light, Green Light.
During the (re) opening ceremony, several members of the Boys and Girls Club staff, community supporters of the organization, and even some local government officials spoke to the work that clubs like Hidden Village do, and the impact their contribution has on the community and in the lives of the children they serve. For example, as per @BGC_Bellevue “Juvenile crime dropped 33 % within BGCB housing sites.”
Alex Slone, Champions Coordinator for the BGCB, said this in a thank you note to WE, “I think the best quote I heard was given to a group of kids at Hidden Village, ‘This is not in an investment in a new Clubhouse facility, this is an investment in YOU!’ We have so much to look forward to and so much to be thankful for! WE, BGCB and Hidden Village will bring so much goodness to kids that need it!”
The volunteer event was a part of the internal WE Recess initiative, which encourages WE employees to pause for a cause and enjoy a couple hours of playing outdoors with our local education focused partners. WE offers its employees time off for volunteering to support nonprofit organizations of their choice, or through agency-sponsored events like this one.
By the end of the event, we were able to get to know the staff, meet over 20 amazing kids, and experience the effect the BGCB has on the community through the speeches presented. It was a wonderful way to get out in the sunshine, get some exercise, and help out our local community.
You can find out more about how to get involved with your local Boys & Girls Club here: http://bgca.org/