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EAU CLAIRE – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, in collaboration with the Menomonie Area School District, has announced the Menomonie Center will be opening its doors for youth programming this fall. The Menomonie Boys & Girls Club will offer programming to all area youth, grades third through eighth, at the River Heights Elementary School.
A steering committee comprised of local leaders is currently in the process of fundraising and bringing the Boys & Girls Club to the Menomonie community. The Menomonie Center has been awarded a $100,000 matching grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. Any funds that are received in 2014 will be matched by the foundation up to $100,000. All tax-deductible donations made to the Menomonie Center will help to maximize this generous grant. The Otto Bremer Foundation aims to build healthy communities – where basic needs are met, members of the community work together and participation is within everyone’s reach. For more information, please visit www.ottobremer.org.
“The Menomonie community is very excited to be partnering with the Boys & Girls Club. This will be a win, win partnership for the entire community. The steering committee has been working hard to help bring this great resource to the youth of Menomonie, and we are looking forward to the Club becoming a reality,” said Tom Johnson, Steering Committee member.
“We are so happy to see the Menomonie Center becoming a reality. We are grateful to be working with the Menomonie Area School District to make this a success, and River Heights Elementary will make for a great location for the Boys & Girls Club,” said Sara Antonson, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director.
It is the goal of the Menomonie Center to be open during the school year from 3pm – 7pm and during the summer from 7:30am – 6pm. The Club will also be open when school is closed, giving youth the opportunity to be in a safe, productive place instead of at an unsupervised location. Additionally, the Club will provide daily snack and dinner during the school year along with breakfast, lunch and snack during the summer months and on school breaks. Members will be able to participate in all of the programs, meals, transportation, and special events for an annual membership fee of only $10 per person or $20 per family.
Locally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley started in 2004 and oversees the Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire, as well as the Jackson County Center in Black River Falls, and the Chippewa Falls Center. The Menomonie Center will be the fourth organization under the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley.
The Club’s more than 40 programs engage youth in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills; the Arts; Sports, Fitness & Recreation; and Education & Career Development. For questions or comments, please call Executive Director, Sara Antonson, at the Boys & Girls Club Corporate Office in Eau Claire at (715) 855-0081, or visit www.cvclubs.org.