WCF Sponsors 17 Local Children For Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp

(L-R) WCF Vice Chair Jim Sackett, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Jaene Miranda, Wellington Community Services Director Paulette Edwards, Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club Executive Director LaTricia Jenkins and WCF Chair Barry Manning.

The Wellington Community Foundation recently presented sponsorships to 17 deserving local children, enabling them to attend the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club summer camp for the entire summer. The ongoing initiative was announced at a visit to the club on Tuesday, May 30.

In collaboration with the Wellington Community Services Department, which assisted in identifying the students in need, the foundation was able to fund its camp initiative again this year. This initiative aims to provide a safe, nurturing environment and a constructive alternative to being at home alone for the selected children.

The Boys & Girls Club is a not-for-profit youth development organization that makes a positive impact in the lives of young individuals. With a commitment to creating a supportive space, the club offers a wide range of programs and activities that promote personal growth and character development.

WCF Chair Barry Manning and Vice Chair Jim Sackett presented the club with a generous check in the amount of $8,500. This contribution will be utilized to provide scholarships exclusively for Wellington children, ensuring that they have the opportunity to participate in the Boys & Girls Club summer camp.

“We are excited to once again sponsor 17 kids to attend the Boys & Girls Club summer camp,” Manning said. “This marks the eighth year of our camp sponsorships, and we are confident that the children will have a memorable and enjoyable experience. Moreover, the campers will receive nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner at the club throughout the summer.”

Highlighting the significance of the camp’s environment, Sackett emphasized the positive impact it would have on the campers’ personal growth and future endeavors.

“We are glad to provide these children with a fun and constructive atmosphere during their summer break,” he said. “By participating in the camp’s activities, they will develop essential character traits and leadership skills that will benefit them in their future endeavors.”

Jaene Miranda, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, stressed the importance of the summer camp program.

“Summer camp at the Wellington club is a full-day experience. Our doors open Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m.,” she said. “Children can participate in a variety of programming, including academic support, mental health counseling, sports and fitness, dance, arts, STEM and so much more. Field trips are also an important part of their summer camp experience.”

The Wellington Community Foundation has long been dedicated to supporting the local community and fostering opportunities for local youth. By working with organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, the nonprofit strives to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children.

The Wellington Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in the Wellington community. By collaborating with local businesses, organizations and community members, the foundation aims to support and fund projects that address critical needs and promote the overall well-being of the community. To learn more about the Wellington Community Foundation and its initiatives, visit www.wellingtoncommunityfoundation.org.