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Boys & Girls Club receives $33,000 Ahmanson grant

Posted By Karen Young On July 10, 2009 @ 9:53 pm In Featured,School News | No Comments


The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley  is the recipient of $33,000 grant from the Ahmanson Foundation, which will enable the organization to serve more youngsters at their headquarters in Canoga Park, as the grant is being used to purchase a new 12-passenger van to transport children to and from the Club.


The new van which brings the club's fleet to four vehicles, will allow more kids to benefit from afterschool activities.

“Because many of the youngsters we serve are unable to get from school to the Club, the new van, which brings our fleet to four vehicles, allows us to increase the number of those who can benefit from our activities,” said Gary Thomas, Chairman of the Board of the 14-year-old local organization.  “The ongoing generosity of the Ahmanson Foundation is a well-established part of Southern California life, and we are most thankful that they have recognized the value of our programs and demonstrated their support of the Club,” he concluded.

According to Lee Walcott, Managing Director of The Ahmanson Foundation, “Organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley are focused on practical programs that will lead to the betterment of our communities, and we are pleased to be able to assist them in reaching out to more young people and helping them prepare for productive, positive adulthood.”

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley was founded in 1995 as a response to the local need for safe, healthy, productive activities for youths during non-school hours.

There are more than 2,500 members of the Club, and approximately 150 youngsters visit the facility each day, in addition to approximately 450 children provided after-school activities at Blythe and Reseda Elementary Schools, Canoga Park High School, and Tierra del Sol.

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley is located at 7245 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303.  Telephone 818-610-1054.  The Club’s website is www.wvbgc.org.  The Club is part of the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a non-profit organization founded more than a century ago.

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