November 30, 2021

#GivingTuesday Our Partnership with Boys and Girls Club

At Industry West, we look for partnership opportunities that make a significant impact on the community. We recently donated 200+ chairs to multiple locations of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, and in honor of #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight the important work they do in Northeast Florida.

We spoke with Jami Puentes, their Communications & Social Media Manager, and asked her to share more about their mission and how these chairs will impact the boys and girls in our local clubs.

Industry West: Tell us about your organization. Who do you serve here in Northeast Florida?

Jami Puentes: Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida has been serving young people in the Jacksonville community for more than 50 years. Today, the organization has expanded to 38 Boys & Girls Clubs across Northeast Florida, serving nearly 3,000 Club members every weekday in Duval, St. Johns, and Alachua counties.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Clubs provide a safe place for young people, ages 6-18, to receive academic tutoring, enrichment programs, healthy meals, mentoring, and more after school and during the summer.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is a proud affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation's most effective youth development organization in the United States.

IW: As you've worked with the people of Northeast Florida through the years, what kinds of needs have you found are specific to Northeast Florida compared to other areas of the country? In what ways does your work help to meet those needs?

JP: Young people throughout our country and the world have similar needs, and the Northeast Florida community is no different. Our young people need to feel safe, know they belong, enjoy mentorship from caring people, and discover hope for their great futures. We provide all of these intangible benefits for our Club members.

We also intentionally provide the tangible benefits our Club families need, such as providing a healthy product at discounted pricing within food deserts where our Ready 4 Veggies Bus is stationed on a rotating schedule. We provide safe access to computers and the internet for young people who may not have this at home.

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“The furniture provided by Industry West will further enhance this world-class Club Experience by improving the environments where we carry out our programs..."

IW: What are some of the challenges that come with your work here in Northeast Florida?

JP: In serving young people, we compete with gangs and other negative influences that threaten to overshadow the positive work we do for young people living in these underserved communities. We are challenged with the task of focusing our Club members on their education and future success rather than getting distracted by potentially negative influences around them.

IW: We're excited to support several Boys & Girls Club locations around Jacksonville! How do you foresee furniture supporting your organization?

JP: Our vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all Club members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

The furniture given by Industry West will further enhance this world-class Club Experience by improving the environments where we carry out our programs in five core areas:

Leadership & Service

Education

The Arts

Health & Wellness

Sports & Recreation

IW: How can people get involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida?

JP: Your gift today can help a child's future.

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, we don't just do one thing. We do whatever it takes to build great futures for local young people.

We hope you will consider joining us in this mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Please consider supporting this mission by donating, attending an event, or volunteering.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, please visit bgcnf.org.