Commentary: Boys & Girls Club marks 16 years in Snohomish

The facility in the city of Snohomish has plans to grow and seeks the community’s support.

By Marci Volmer

For The Herald

Sixteen years ago, on Sept. 6, the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club opened its doors to all Snohomish kids, ages 5-18.

Since that time, the club has grown to be one of the largest and most thriving clubs within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.

In 2018, the Snohomish Club reached 1,976 members and boosts an average daily attendance or 472. Average daily attendance includes youth who participate in before- and after-school childcare programs on-site and at three school sites, drop-in programs from 4 to 7 p.m., teen programs and teen nights, summer camp programs, and recreational sports leagues including volleyball, flag football, basketball and soccer. With programs focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and citizenship, as well as experienced and caring staff and mentors, kids are positively impacted each and every day.

In addition to being a safe and positive place for kids, the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club is truly a community hub. On any given day, you may see adults using the gym for pickleball or basketball. You may see seniors using the space for tai chi. You may see a church group using the club for a mom-and-me play group. You may see a Campfire or Scouting group holding their meetings. Maybe you have attended a community meeting, service club meeting, or networking event in the community room. Maybe you have even attended a birthday party or memorial service at the Club. All are welcome and we do our best to make the space available.

For 16 years, the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club leadership team and staff have been individually involved in the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Snohomish Networking Women, and more. We have participated in all things “community” because we know that it matters and we know that Snohomish is as amazing as it is because of the way that we all work together toward common goals.

As you can see, we continue to thrive and show no signs of slowing down. Therefore, we are excited at the possibility of our building growing with us! We are in the process of working with the City of Snohomish, our landlords, on a plan to expand with a new privately funded teen center and club “refresh.” We are also excited to ask the community to be involved in this opportunity by asking questions and continuing to be supportive. We are lucky to have an anonymous donor who has committed to matching all individual donations.

To donate, please email me at mvolmer@bgcsc.org or visit our website at www.bgcsc.org.

On behalf of all of us at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, thank you for your continued support over the years. We are so excited to share this new chapter with all of you!

Marci Volmer is the chief operative officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County

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