This Month at the Clubs – October 2016

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

ALLSTATE HELPING HANDS VOLUNTEERISM EVENT

Allstate volunteers and Club members from the Independence Unit

Allstate volunteers and Club members from the Independence UnitAllstate’s West Central Region Agents came out in a big way on Saturday, October 15 for a community “Helping Hands” event. All six of our Clubs were filled with our young members, community volunteers and Allstate agents working side by side. Six Allstate project leaders, Mindy Templeton, Tim Waltrip, Kelly Benbow, Mike Tiffany, Jarrett Devereaux and Jason Park, rolled up their sleeves and led volunteer projects that ranged from painting classrooms and pumpkins to helping decorate the Clubs for fall. In total, over 25 local agency owners volunteered. Seen across many of our young members’ faces was a look of pride from that “good feeling” we all get when we are serving others.

For many years, Allstate has been a key provider of tools and resources to help our members build character, confidence and achieve academic success through programs and workshops. Over the years our members have learned valuable life skills with Allstate as their partner.

Like the Clubs, Allstate believes that “good starts young”. Through projects such as the Helping Hands event, Allstate is spreading and reinforcing our common goal of empowering youth to make a difference in their communities. The Allstate Foundation will recognize the volunteerism of Allstate agents with a donation of over $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Allstate, we sincerely appreciate all that you do!

UPS ROAD CODE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Taylor - Local UPS Road Code Ambassador & Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to our very own Taylor for receiving the UPS Road Code scholarship! Taylor was the recipient of the UPS scholarship because of her stand-out essay and participation in the UPS Road Code program. Additionally, Taylor has been named a local UPS Road Code Ambassador.

Participation in the UPS Road Code program requires that teens complete defensive driving modules on a driving simulator complete with steering wheel, gas, and brake pedal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three teenage deaths. UPS Foundation decided to take preventive action and partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create UPS Road Code, a national program that teaches safe driving techniques to teens. The UPS Road Code program is available in 52 Boys & Girls Club locations throughout 36 U.S. cities.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS NIGHT AT THE MAVERICKS – NOVEMBER 5TH

Calling all hockey fans! Don’t miss Boys & Girls Clubs Night at the Missouri Mavericks game on Saturday, November 5th. The Clubs are the community partner for the night and we’ll have a bunch of Club youth, staff and friends sharing in the fun and cheering on the Mavericks at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena that night. You can participate in Chuck-A-Puck (where all proceeds come back to the Clubs) AND get a sneak peek of the Dinner on Ice silent auction including the specialty individual Mavericks player aprons up for bid. You can join us for Boys & Girls Clubs Night and get discounted tickets to the game – only $20 – by calling Alicia at 816-462-0145 or emailing aberry@helpkckids.org. We hope you’ll join us for an exciting night on the ice!

8th ANNUAL DINNER ON ICE COMING UP ON NOVEMBER 9th

Join us for an exciting and unique evening filled with fun, great food, and entertainment. If you have not experienced Dinner on Ice, you’re in for a treat! Dinner is on the floor of the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena (formerly Independence Events Center), served by the Missouri Mavericks players! The players perform dares, tricks, and challenges to earn “tips” for the Clubs.

Dinner on Ice promises to be a special evening that you won’t want to miss! Most importantly, the event helps the Clubs ensure quality and safe programs for Eastern Jackson County Club youth.

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POWER HOUR PROGRAM GETS SCHOOL YEAR SUPPORT

Ross Grand Opening Check Presentation

Ross has been a supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs for over ten years and recently began supporting our Power Hour program. Earlier this month, Ross opened a new location at 8600 Ward Pkwy in Kansas City, MO and made a generous donation to the Clubs’ Power Hour program for the 2016-17 school year. Thank you ROSS!

Power Hour is a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program that is available to all Clubs members daily. Power Hour is one of the key components to our mission to ensure academic success.The program provides Club members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework. The Power Hour program helps to ensure that members are prepared for their daily school work and can have full confidence in their academic abilities.

 

VOTERS ASKED TO RENEW COMBAT’S FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS AND VIOLENCE

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, Jackson County voters will be asked to renew the quarter-cent COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) sales tax for the next nine years. Since its inception in 1989, COMBAT has been dedicated to preventing violence and reducing the level of violent crime in the community.

The COMBAT tax generates $22 million annually that supports 50 criminal justice and community service agencies, like ours, that treat citizens with drug, mental health problems, or work in other ways to and prevent and reduce violence in Jackson County.

COMBAT has been in place since 1989, and renewal this year will keep the current quarter-cent rate unchanged. For more information about COMBAT go to jacksoncountycombat.com.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

Special thanks to our friends at Furniture Deal$, who have generously provided furniture to outfit our brand new teen center at our Olathe Unit. The teens in Olathe will be hanging out in style with a space that they can be proud of. The center was really in need of a fresh look and we are grateful to our partnership with Furniture Deal$ for making this happen.