There’s nothing like spreading holiday cheer at this time of year, especially to children. The 7 Tide family was thrilled to revel in our new neighborhood by making a visit to the South Boston Boys and Girls Club last week.
Now we know how Santa really feels…delivering gift cards, winter essentials, 600 (yes, six hundred) baked cookies and a custom gingerbread house with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) logo iced right on it! The reception we received will be remembered long after the cookies are eaten. There were 200 children at the South Boston Club when we arrived and we were luck to meet 60 of them before their dinner break.
Heather Beland from Clarke, Naomi Mancha of Marvin Windows and Doors and Daryl Swanson of Reflex Lighting enjoyed representing 7 Tide on this delightful mission. The 7 Tide team encourages the design community and customers to explore the mission of this wonderful organization.
BGCB’s first Club was founded in Charlestown in 1893. The annual report from that year describes “carpentry, printing and painting” as the of their core programs. Other Clubs followed in the subsequent years, and, in 1972, The Boston Foundation helped put the “girls” in the Boys & Girls Clubs by providing a $300,000, three-year grant to reach out to “special categories of youth who lack opportunities for appealing programs.” These were children who spoke Chinese or Spanish at home, lived in certain housing projects, or were girls.
The Club began admitting girls as members in 1973, and within five years, 30 percent of the children served by the Boston Clubs were female. In 1981, the Club formally changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the national organization followed in 1990.
Today, BGCB operates Clubs in Dorchester, Charlestown, Chelsea, Roxbury, Mattapan, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and South Boston. They also operate YouthConnect, in partnership with the Boston Police Department, and Camp Harbor View on Long Island in the Boston Harbor in partnership with the Camp Harbor View Foundation. In total, BGCB serve nearly 16,000 children and teens, addressing crucial youth development needs in the areas of education, the arts, life skills, leadership and character development, technology, and sports, fitness and recreation.
Thanks to Harry Duvall, Executive Director of the Edgerley Family South Boston Club, for making our visit possible!
If you’re looking for somewhere to share your love and good fortune this holiday season and beyond, here’s a wonderful place to do that.