During the week of Thanksgiving the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound will join thousands across the nation to celebrate National Family Week to pay tribute to families and community organizations that enhance the family structure.
Joining the efforts of the National Alliance for Children and Families numerous Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound will host Thanksgiving dinner events throughout the week. Typically all of the events include a dinner, games for the kids, an entertainment piece, and ample time to socialize with parents and community members! It is a great time to get together with everyone and remember what we are thankful for.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America‚Äôs (BGCA) family strengthening initiatives supported by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, goal is to recognize ways to enhance the lives of youth by fostering the needs of the entire family. The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound stands firm on their decision to take on such a feat for the sake of developing strong and positive youth and furthermore stronger communities. National Family Week is a strong acknowledgement of how families and family development organizations shape our communities and overall our country.
Sam Wiley, who was a teacher and administrator in Indianapolis, founded National Family Week in 1968. The Alliance for Children and Families, a nonprofit membership association representing child-and family-serving organizations in the United States and Canada, has directed National Family Week efforts for more than 30 years. National Family Week is supported by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In 2008 the Gary and Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center was recognized with the Family Strengthening Award presented by The Annie E. Casey Foundation for their outstanding Club programs. The HOPE Center, Home of Opportunity, Possibility, and Empowerment provides not only their youth with a variety of amenities, but parents as well. When families enter the HOPE Center, kids sprint off to the left and enter the Lakewood Boys & Girls Club for drama or computer class and parents head to the right for a variety of reasons. The HOPE Center has partnered with other agencies such as the Child & Family Guidance Center, Centro Latino, and the Korean Women‚Äôs Association to provide parents with a plethora of support for their families. ‚ÄúWe realized that it wasn‚Äôt working to serve kids in a vacuum, we had to reach the whole family,‚Äù says Carrie Prudente-Holden Director of Operations. As a result of such a positive environment attendance is up and spirits are too.
Both Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation are working to enhance the lives of children by creating a positive atmosphere to increase resources for maintaining stable families. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound‚Äôs National Family Week activities or to find out more about a Club in your area, go to www.bg-clubs.com or call (253) 502-4600 for more information.