My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County, Inc., Somerville, MA, USA
I've been involved with Boys and Girls Clubs since college, ranging from front-line help to program founder ("Chess 4 Kids") to the past Vice Chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County. Even more than other clubs, the BGCMC system serves as whatever part of a family that its members don't have. That can range from a full slate of family responsibilities - a safe environment, people in whom to confide, role models, growth-spurring challenges, homework assistance - to minor things with which even "great" families may not have experience - a place to play an instrument, learn a sport, practice yoga. In so doing, the BGCMC can save the lives of at-risk children and provide a springboard for healthy, productive lives for all of its members. It's an organization of which I'm thrilled to be a small part.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
By visiting each of our clubhouses and talking with members and staff, hearing life stories at events and board meetings, and listening to community members gush about how we enhance the community.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
We would love to open additional clubhouses and provide more membership spots, but more funding is required.