The Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club provided programs and services to 1,967 kids in 2016. Courtesy photo

The Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club provided programs and services to 1,967 kids in 2016. Courtesy photo

Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club inspires youth to realize full potential | Season of Giving

The Reporter highlights nonprofit organizations serving the Mercer Island community.

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 2:32pm
  • Life

Editor’s note: This feature is part of an ongoing series that highlights nonprofit organizations serving the Mercer Island community.

What is the mission of your organization? To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

How many people does your organization help? Last year, we provided programs and services to 26,608 King County kids. At our Redmond/Sammamish Club we provided programs and services to 2,039 kids. At our Mercer Island Club we provided programs and services to 1,967 kids.

What is your greatest need? Supporting kids in need. A $100 donation gives a kid access to academic support services for a week. A $250 donation gives kids access to STEM programs, like lego robotics, for a month. A $1,000 donation, gives a kid the opportunity to attend a week of summer camp — setting them up for success in the following school year. We also rely heavily on volunteers who can give their time working with kids after school, coaching or refereeing our sports programs, or helping around the Club.

How can the community help your organization? Help us build great futures for kids by volunteering at the Club or making a tax-deductible gift at positiveplace.org.

Is there anything else you would like to add? Thousands of kids in our community need a positive place to learn, to dream, and to succeed. By choosing to support Boys and Girls Clubs, you are shaping the lives of our next engineers, community leaders and athletes. Great Futures Start Here.

What is the best way for the community to contact you? Visit your local Club today or visit positiveplace.org to make your tax-deductible gift today.

Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club: 4120 86th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. Call 206-232-4548.

Sammamish Boys & Girls Club: 825 228th Ave. NE, Sammamish. Call 425-250-4793.

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