ELKO-I & E Electric recently joined the ranks of the many local businesses who are supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko Capital Campaign with a pledge of $30,000.
“I know it sounds cliché,” said Kevin Doerr of I & E Electric, “but my partners and I believe in giving back to the community. In fact, all of our charitable giving is done locally, with some notable exceptions such as 9-11 and Katrina.”
Doerr and his partners, Steve Ehrmann and Darian Getty, believe the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko needs a new facility to continue providing services for all its current members and to add new members.
“This is a must,” said Doerr.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko serves more than 2,000 young people through Club membership and community outreach in the Elko and Spring Creek areas. In its current location at Southside Elementary School the Club has grown to near capacity.
Doerr said, “While the partnership with the school district has been great in the establishment of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko, the time has come for the Club to have its own home. This will allow them to truly expand their opportunities to serve members.”
According to Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko Executive Director Fernando Vargas, I & E Electric is one of many local business that provide support for the Club year after year.
“We are so fortunate to have corporate partners like I & E,” said Vargas, “Without the ongoing financial contributions from them, the Club could not have grown to its current level.”
Doer said, “Giving to the Boys & Girls Club is a positive way to affect the future of our community. These young people are going to be our future leaders. Whatever we are able to do to positively affect them will benefit everyone in the community.”
He also said, “Supporting the Club fits perfectly with our corporate vision. As leaders in our field we are creating a positive and safe work environment for our employees and this is what the Club is doing for our youth.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko has a positive impact on young people by offering a framework for youth development and proven, nationally recognized programs that provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue their dreams and succeed in life. The club helps youth advance in three primary outcome areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko accepts children age 5-18. Club membership is $15 per year for each child. Current hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For information about how your child can benefit from club membership or to make a donation to the capital campaign, please call 738-2759 or look at the website www.bgcelko.org or visit the club at 501 South 9th St. located behind Southside Elementary School.
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