Friday, May 4, 2018 • 1:15 pm
Cost: $20 per person (registration fee goes directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation)

The Options Industry Conference is pleased to be partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation for this year’s voluntourism event!

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County is to fund and operate the area’s after school and summer programs, which benefit the community’s youth by providing them with a safe place to improve their academics, be engaged with positive role models and develop into confident leaders. ​The club operates two facilities that serve the Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach community. Our event will benefit the Roberts Learning & Achievement Center, which serves up to 250 local youth between the ages of 6-18 with important programs and services. Volunteers will be tasked with a variety of duties, including landscaping and painting.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation was established in 2000 and began operating a temporary Boys & Girls Club in an unused middle school. After opening its first club in 2006, the foundation completed construction their second club, te Roberts Learning & Achievement Center, in 2012. The club consists of an 8,000-sq. ft. facility along with a covered outdoor, state of the art, athletic facility. ​

The clubs adhere to a 20:1 daily member/staff metric, without including leadership. The curriculum has an emphasis on discipline and respect for achievement by members. Curriculum content comes from BGCA, as well as our own local efforts in customizing appropriate curriculum needs. More than 80 community volunteers come to the Clubs to mentor kids and supplement the staff.

Private sources, primarily in Nassau County, provide 89% of the Foundation’s funding, and another 11% comes from public money. The annual operating budget for both Clubs and the Foundation is approximately $1 million. Charity Navigator (CN), the highly-respected national rating agency, has awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County (BGCNF) its top rating: four stars!

The Clubs are integrated deeply into the local communities receiving support, participation in activities, volunteerism and enjoy a general level of interest in the “well-being” of the Clubs. Additionally, all construction costs, capital improvements, annual operating costs for both Clubs and the Foundation to date are paid for without incurring any debt. The Foundation owns both of the Club facilities, free and clear. All directors and officers of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation serve in a volunteer capacity.