Celebrating Success of All Kids Initiative, Opening of New Sites

In celebration of the success, the Boys & Girls Club held a Grand Opening  for its new afterschool clubhouse at Parkside Elementary School, one of the main focuses for new programs through the All Kids Initiative.  Donors, Board members and other community supporters took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony, recognizing the Boys & Girls Club’s new program locations, serving 75 youth per day and enrolling many more.  Attendees also took part in a balloon release in partnership with the other Boys & Girls Club program across the community.  400 balloons were released into the chilly fall sky, with each balloon representing a new Boys & Girls member that will be enrolled into programs because of the All Kids Initiative expansion.  

In an effort to serve more youth in the Fond du Lac area, the Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac launched the All Kids Initiative in May of this year, a fundraising effort to develop and open five new afterschool program locations in the city of Fond du Lac.  For years, dating back as early as 2007, the Boys & Girls Club needed to cap enrollment in afterschool and summer programs due to limited physical space.  Dan Hebel, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, stated, “In order to honor our vision and mission, we must be available to all young people who need us.  We have turned families away for too long, so we decided to seek further support from the community to help us realize our vision of serving everyone who needs us.”  

The All Kids Initiative sought five-year funding commitments from local donors to raise $120,000 per year for the next five school years, totaling $600,000 overall.  The $120,000 annually covers all direct costs related to operating the new programs, and partnering with Fond du Lac schools saves on costs that would otherwise be needed to build new facilities for the Club.  In September, the Club reached its $600,000 goal, cementing new programs available to children and the elimination of waiting lists for the foreseeable future.

For more information, call Dan Hebel at the Boys & Girls Club at 924-0530.