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Boys and Girls Club seeking volunteers

October 25, 2012

Billie Treber of the Bremen Boys and Girls Club works with club members after school. Photo provided

BREMEN — Bremen’s Boys and Girls Club is looking for a few good men and women to act as volunteers to lead the youth of the community. Considered an important part of the Club’s success, adult leaders are requested to offer their time in various areas such as helping in the homework room, on the playground, or assisting or leading programs such as art, leadership and citizenship. Woodworkers, dance instructors, bakers, mechanics and hobbyists are encouraged to share their skill and wisdom with the children and there are plenty of opportunities for religious, civic and charitable groups and organizations to be involved as well.
Corporate groups can participate in one-day beautification projects such as gardening, organizing or cleaning.
“We’d welcome any volunteers,” explained Cindy Main, advisory board member of the local club. “Ideally we’re looking for seasoned volunteers who may have volunteered in the past or that have had experience with children … but anyone that has something to share with them is invited. If there’s a Master Gardener that wants to come in for one time or to come in once a month to offer a series, that would be great, or even a retiree that will help keep an eye on them on the playground. We’re also encouraging corporate groups of volunteers to speak to our teens about their careers and the paths that led them to where they are today.”
Main said that all volunteers must first fill out a form and then pass a background check through the organization at the state level before working with the children.
“Our philosophy at the Boys and Girls Club is obviously that we want to promote a strong character and good citizenship,” she explained. “We try to have some sort of value with our outreach and to offer it in a way that’s fun for the children. We would let the children know what’s being offered and pair the volunteer up with children that had an interest in that, so it’s a pleasurable experience for everyone.”
There are approximately 140 children that frequent the local Club held after school during the school year — about 80 members each day — and the children range in age from five to 14 years old. Main knows what it takes to be a volunteer because she’s been one herself — for almost a year — and her son has been in the program since he was in kindergarten.
“He’s attending third grade (at Bremen Elementary-Middle School),” she said. “It’s a great program and Gavin really enjoyed it. I knew a couple people on the board of directors and was asked if I had any interest.”
Main said the Club is always looking for positive role models who can offer their time, energy and talent to enrich the lives of the area’s youth — some of those that have stepped up in the past being students themselves.
“There are times we’ve had the (older) kids come over from the high school,” she said. “We had some from the football team show Club members some drills and they ran through some of the football calisthenics with them, and the soccer team and cheerleaders have given demonstrations and instruction. We’ve been lucky to have responsible individuals that could articulate well as volunteers. We really appreciate the community’s involvement and the support we get.”
For more information email on how to get involved email bremen@bgcmarshallcounty.com; visit http://bgcmarshallcounty.com online; or stop by the club (at Bremen Elementary-Middle School’s cafeteria from 3 to 6 p.m. to get a volunteer application.

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