Great companies doing great things is what makes this world go round. A prime example of that is Pizza Hut's Literacy Project, in which the company commits to literacy and reading. Through this initiative, Pizza Hut raised over $4,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.
During this project, Pizza Hut engaged customers and team members through a coordinated fundraising campaign that took place from September to November. The campaign aimed to enable access to literacy resources, empower teachers and inspire readers in the community it serves.
As a part of this fundraiser, Pizza Hut teamed up with First Bank, a recognized nonprofit, social sector leader in supporting equal access to education by providing new books and education resources to schools and programs that serve children.
The funds raised by Pizza Hut provide credits to the First Bank Marketplace. These credits allow purchasing power to educators to select from thousands of books and educational resources at a discounted cost.
Thank you so much to both companies for giving back and helping us give the children we serve a GREAT FUTURE!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To show appreciation to our volunteers, we introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This month we meet Tricia Vincent, Employee Engagement Specialist, from the OtterCares Foundation. OtterCares employees volunteer at many of our events and often bring their Mobile Innovation Station to our Club Units. We sat down with Tricia to learn more about the OtterCares mission and their awesome foundation!
What inspired you to develop the OtterCares "Mobile Innovation Station" and what are your plans to develop/grow the idea?
The Mobile Innovation Station came out of the OtterCares Foundation’s focus on Innovative Education and teaching kids to be entrepreneurial. We discovered that hands-on learning tools like those in our Mobile Innovation Station help inspire kids to explore and invent new things, a key process in becoming an entrepreneur. As far as developing the idea, we hope to add more educational tools to the station as we learn about them, and make the program available to more students throughout Northern Colorado.
Both of our organizations are committed to creating brighter futures for kids. Can you talk about the origins of OtterCares's mission to empower youth through entrepreneurship and philanthropy education? What are some key ways in which OtterCares pursues this mission? How do you envision championing that mission through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?
When OtterCares Foundation was created, our owners and founders wanted to focus on something that would create lasting change in the world, and believed that education is one of the best ways to do that. Knowing that education is a BIG topic, they decided to focus specifically on teaching about entrepreneurship and philanthropy because those pillars were true to who they were as individuals and also true to the culture of the Otter Products company. We also felt like there were not a lot of other organizations focused on teaching these concepts to kids, so we knew there was a big opportunity to make a difference in that area.
We have had the pleasure of working with dozens, if not hundreds, of amazing Otter Products employees through our partnership with OtterCares. What makes Otters so impressive?
Because they are.... 🙂 I think Otters are so impressive because they are both passionate and hard working! They absolutely love to have fun and are completely dedicated to any task they undertake.
What is your favorite part of working for the OtterCares foundation?
Being in a position that allows me to inspire kids and teach them that they have the ability to make a huge positive difference in the world!
Who is your favorite superhero and why?
I’m not much of a traditional superhero person so I think I’d have to say my favorite superheroes are teachers. They do the hard work every single day of helping shape students into the amazing, intelligent people who are going to do amazing things.
Does your daughter want to rock...with rocks? Then sign her up for our Tech Girls Rock event happening on March 17! Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with CA Technologies, are hosting Tech Girls Rock workshop at our Loveland location. This free event is an initiative aimed to encourage girls to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused educational opportunities and careers.
This event will explore different careers in the tech field, IT trends and topics, give tech challenges and also feature hands-on technology experiments.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 25 percent of the computing workforce. Since this initiative kicked off, Tech Girls Rock workshops have reached more than 1,500 tween and teen girls across the country. Help us reach even more by signing up your tween or teen today!
Participants will also get complimentary breakfast, lunch and a snack by registering!
The holidays may be over, but you can still give the gift of learning by registering your tween or teen girl today. And if you register by March 8th you'll be entered to win a FREE laptop!
Hope to see you there!
Event Details: Tech Girls Rock Free Workshop
Where: BGCLC Loveland Unit, 2500 E 1st St., Loveland, CO
When: March 17, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Who: Girls, ages 10-18
Register at: techgirlsrock.eventbrite.com
Questions? Call (970) 372-2291
Everyone loves breakfast, right? It tastes good. It fills you up. And, there is usually something sweet involved. Here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, we love breakfast for a whole other reason: celebrating the amazing youth we serve for one awesome event.
Our Youth of the Year (YOY) breakfast is our biggest event of the year. It not only brings together our supporters, sponsors, volunteers, staff members and donors, it also gives all of those people (and more) a chance to connect with some of the youth we serve.
If you find yourself at the breakfast, you'll be entertained with some of our Loveland Unit STEP team members, get a chance to connect with the youth as they tell you their goals and hopes for the future, and you'll also be able to see all of the youths of the month from 2016 we will be honoring from each Club U
During this event, you'll also get to find out WHO the 2017 Larimer County Youth of the Year is. This individual has worked hard to win over her Club Unit as well as all of the other Club Units (Wellington, Loveland, West Loveland, Fort Collins) in Larimer County. Her story is incredible, but her hopes, goals and dreams for the future are even more astounding. We can't wait to have everyone hear her story on February 9th!
And while the Club Staff and Program Support have been a bit hectic the last few weeks in preparation, we are so excited to honor these youth! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County opens doors to great futures, and we can't see all the doors these youth will open.
As a mini preview, meet our Senior Youths of the Year (Beth, Stella, Helen) and Junior Youths of the Year (Alex, Earl, Ayanna, Gabbie) pictured below:
See you all in a week!
2016 might be quickly (how is it almost New Years Eve?!) coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to give back and make the future of a youth in Larimer County bright. So while there still might be gifts to buy and stockings to hang, the year isn't over yet. Together, we can give back before getting from others.
Here are five reasons why end of the year giving will always land you on the nice list.
It makes you feel good.
There's a lot of bad things in this world, but that doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. You know what makes you feel good? Doing good. No matter the amount of money or the length of time, giving to charities helps put a little sunshine and warmth back into the world. And who doesn't like sunshine and warmth? (Especially in these Colorado winters...)
Donating to the BGCLC qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.
When you make a donation to the BGCLC, you can reduce your taxes through the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit. This means that in addition to the standard Federal and State Income Tax deductions, the credit provides a 50 percent state tax credit for donations made to the BGCLC. Learn more about the CCCCTC here.
As little as a $10 donation gives one youth a full-year membership to a Club Unit.
$10! That's all it takes to give one youth in Larimer County a full-year of programs, hours of fun and a safe environment to grow in. While $10 might not seem like much, it supplies 365 days of having somewhere to call home.
You'll be a leader/motivator for others.
Have kids or a partner who looks up to you? Be their #givingback leader this holiday season. Make like Rudolph and lead that sleigh of holiday cheer.
Volunteering counts as #givingback if you can't give money.
Aren't able to part with funds this year? Totally OK! Grab some friends and volunteer for a few hours this holiday season...the more the merrier we always say. #timeismoneytoo