The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha had a very successful year in 2013. That is true from both a programmatic perspective as well as financial. We were faced with some extreme challenges at the beginning of the year. My staff here really stepped up and performed within the constraints of a very difficult budget that was put in place by a motivated board of directors.
But the clouds on the horizon, while dissipated somewhat, are still there and we need the support of the community as much as ever before.
The challenges we face in 2014 are similar to what we faced this year. Many of our new building’s operational warranties were three years. We opened in 2011. So we are faced with significant expense starting this year to keep those contracts in place to address the ongoing facility needs.
We were extremely fortunate in 2013 to have some unique fundraisers and some substantial one-time donations. Some of those are not available to us in 2014. We are faced with needing to, once again, come up with about $100,000 in unique fundraising opportunities. While we have put in place plans to do that, much of it relies largely on the continued support of Kenosha individuals and businesses.
The real story here is the demand for our services continues to grow. The board’s assessment of that going into this new building was spot on. They have been very engaged in helping us to identify new revenue streams and to engage new people in the operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.
We are committed to continuing and growing the programs Kenosha has come to expect from the Boys & Girls Club. We appreciate the response we have gotten to the programs we have offered and it is our hope that we will be able to reach a growing number of Kenosha youth with educational, arts, character-building and athletic programs.
That will only be possible with the continued support of the people of this community.
At this time of year as we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families, the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha needs to say “Thank You Kenosha”. We are deeply indebted to all who make it possible for us to put smiles on the faces of the children we serve.