Hey, Kids … Join the Club!

The Boys & Girls Club of Massena is now accepting members for the 2015-16 school year! We are expecting an even greater year with Club now held four days a week, starting on September 21st: Mondays & Tuesdays, we’re using the facilities at Jefferson School and Wednesdays & Thursdays, we’ll meet at Madison. And, Club membership has also been expanded this year to include ALL 3rd through 6th grade students, from any school in and around Massena. Kids will enjoy great activities, cool learning projects, help with homework, fun crafts, rec time and more!  Membership forms will be sent home with students the first week of school; or, you can visit our Membership page or call Director Donatto at (315) 250-7806 to get registered.

We Are Hiring!

The Boys & Girls Club of Massena is currently seeking five paid staff members for the 2015-16 program to lead activities and provide positive supervision for groups of children starting in September 2015. The positions are ideal for college students (especially education or other youth-related majors) and teachers looking for after-school work.

We are hiring two (2) Program Assistants and three (3) Program Staff.

Keys to success in all of these positions will include a positive, high-energy outlook; experience working with youth ages 5-12 or college courses in a youth-related field; and ability to serve as a positive role model for young people. Experience planning, leading and supervising activities for children that are fun, educational, age-appropriate and structured is especially helpful.

Details and instructions on how to apply is now available on our Careers page. (We are also looking for caring volunteers, click here to learn more.)

Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately until the positions are filled in anticipation of a 2015-16 program start date of September 21st.

Now Recruiting Volunteers!

Would you consider donating a few hours a week (or month) to help make a difference in the lives of kids in our community?

Volunteers are needed for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena to work with elementary school students in grades 3-6 at our Club locations: Monday & Tuesday at Jefferson, and Wednesday & Thursday at Madison Elementary School. The Club operates from 3 to 6 PM when school is in session. You can volunteer for as many days a week or month your schedule allows — all we ask is that you commit to being there for the full three hours on the day or days you work.

The 2015-16 program will begin on Monday, September 21st! And, the more volunteers we have, the more kids we can serve.  As a volunteer, you would join our paid professional staff members in being there to help these amazing kids.

Learn more on our Volunteer page and get started helping those who need us most TODAY!

For Gifts That Keep Giving

For that impossible-to-buy-for relative, keep the Boys & Girls Club of Massena in mind during the gift-giving season!

To make your tax-deductible gift in the name of someone you love, you can either click on the Donate Now button at right (remember to tell us about your honoree in the Message field), learn more about the “Our Kids, Our Community” Campaign to establish the Boys & Girls Club of Massena or print out our Pledge Form.

Please shop locally; but, if you need to order online, please do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile — Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Boys & Girls Club Of Massena. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-0995828 and support us every time you shop.

Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of our community’s kids!

Alcoa Foundation Awards Grant to BGCM!

Today brought more incredible news for the Boys & Girls Club of Massena: Alcoa Foundation has awarded an $85,000 grant to launch a pilot program to assist youth in the community prior to the Club moving into its new home on Bayley Street in Massena.

The Alcoa Foundation funds will allow the Club to offer three national Boys & Girls Club programs to approximately 100 Massena-area youth during the 2014-2015 school year at a temporary location while fundraising efforts continue and the permanent Club site is renovated. The initial programs will focus on academic intervention and leadership development. [Click here to read the announcement.]

Assemblywoman Russell Shares BIG News

The establishment of a Boys and Girls Club in Massena took a huge step forward Friday with an announcement from NYS Assemblywoman Addie Jenne Russell that she has submitted a request for $250,000 through the Community Capital Assistance Program on behalf of the Club.

You read that right… $250,000.

Check out the details: PressRelease_RussellJuly2014R

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Pictured at the future home of the Club on Bayley Road for the July 18th press conference are (l to r) Tricia Wilson, 1st Vice President; Tim Lashomb (2nd Vice President); Gabe Hinkley, Program Committee Chair; Assemblywoman Russell; Tim Currier, President; Loren Nowak, Finance Committee Chair; Betty Wolfe, Director; Anne-Marie Lucid, Director; Richard Cook, Director; Rhonda Rodriguez, Secretary; and, Carina Cook — future Club kid!

Massena police chief: ‘Nothing bad about Massena can’t be fixed with what’s good about Massena’

“Kids get into trouble for three reasons: They lack positive peer influences, they lack positive adult influences, or they simply don’t have something to do,” according to Currier. “We know the Boys and Girls Club can solve all three of those problems, providing a safe environment where they can play, learn, and enjoy their lives.”

[Click to read the NC Now story.]

Campaign Kick Off a Success!

On July 27, the Boys & Girls Club of Massena officially kicked off our capital campaign to raise the funds we need to open the doors of our Club with a special event featuring Club Spokesperson Zach Bogosian. The inaugural Backyard BBQ to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club was more of a success than we could have imagined.

The turnout definitely exceeded our expectations — as did the generous commitments of support.

[Click here to read the entire “Thank You!” Letter to the Editor]

Board Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena take time out from the inaugural Backyard BBQ with celebrity spokesperson Zach Bogosian. (July 27, 2013)

Board Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena take time out from the inaugural Backyard BBQ with celebrity spokesperson Zach Bogosian. (July 27, 2013)

Getting Down to Business

The business of opening the Boys & Girls Club of Massena took a momentous step forward this past Thursday. That date — June 6, 2013 — will live in our history as the official start of the Boys & Girls Club of Massena. The election of the charter members of the Club’s Board of Directors and officers was conducted, bylaws were approved and our community took a huge step toward the reality of opening the Boys & Girls Club of Massena.

The experience the Board members bring to the effort is truly inspiring, including leadership in foster parent programs, childhood education, fundraising, business leadership, accounting, youth development programs, social services, and — probably, best of all — past members of Boys & Girls Clubs.

View our list of Board & Committee members and do let us know if you would like to help support getting the doors of our Club open by clicking here to contact us.