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Building Campaign


The Campaign for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County

We wanted to share with you this wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of girls and boys in our community. For 21 years now, the Boys & Girls Club of Marshall County has helped serve community youth. 

The Club involves young boys and girls in wholesome--and fun--activities that build their self worth. We teach the values of responsibility and civic involvement. We empower youth to make wise choices and to succeed in school and in life. In this age of teen alcohol, drugs, premarital sex, and violence, we work to create model citizens for our future. 

Today, we are the largest youth-serving organization in Marshall County and we serve nearly 1,000 youth. 

Our Challenge

At our Plymouth facility, the Club is operating beyond capacity and is bursting at the seams. Originally built as a restaurant in 1940, the aging building has become grossly energy inefficient and prone to significant maintenance issues. 

There are "nooks and crannies" throughout that make supervision difficult and costly. Worse, the basement floods and requires expensive restoration and abatement measures. 

Due to size constraints, we are unable to serve children ages 5-7 in our current building. The lack of program space has meant that we are unable to offer some of the most effective and cutting-edge youth development programs that are available to us through our national organization. 

What's more, there is an urgent and pressing need to expand our nationally proven programming for teen-aged youth, but we simply do not have enough space. 

The Vision

To address these community needs and to make the Club much more efficient, we intend to tear down the dilapidated old restaurant building. 

The old space will be replaced with a new roughly 12,000 sq. ft. clubhouse. Dedicated to innovative new programming space. We will connect the new space to our existing gymnasium (built in 2000). We have just purchased the property adjacent to the Club in order to accommodate our new building's expanded architectural footprint. Our new facility will be energy and resource efficient, designed to take advantage of some of the latest advances in green technology. 

The new building will provide safe, attractive, supervised, and accessible spaces for youth. The main level will include a well-lighted lobby, a building access control desk, a youth activities room, a warming kitchen for preparing nutritious meals and snacks, and arts and crafts room, an administrative office area, and toilet facilities. The second level will include a teen center, programming room, therapy room, storage space, and a program office. 

The Club has just kicked off a $2.5 million capital campaign. To date, we have raised $2,350,000. We need your help to raise the remaining $150,000 to meet our goal. An anonymous donor has agreed to contribute $50,000 if we can raise another $100,000. 

We are asking that all campaign pledges and gifts be made with the understanding that they are above and beyond traditional annual fund gifts. 

Thus, if you can only afford to support one of our funds, we ask that you continue your loyal annual fund support in lieu of supporting the capital campaign. Annual support is literally our "life blood" since this support is critical to maintaining the quality of our programs. 

If you can support both efforts, we hope that you will thoughtfully consider making a pledge or an outright gift to The Campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs of Marshall County. You can send your pledge via mail or you can donate here online by clicking on the "Donate" tab at the top of the page. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Marshall County has made a real difference in our community for over 20 years. We desperately need to expand our facility so that we can serve more kids. 

Please make your gift today!

Sincerely, 

Rick Miller                   Dan Schmelter
Campaign Co-Chair     Campaign Co-Chair