Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Receives Generous Donation of New Clothing from Old Navy Clubhouses Distributed to Hawai’i Families in Need and Other Non-Profit Organizations
HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI – JULY 7, 2020 – Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) received a generous donation of 50,000 pieces of new clothing from Old Navy that was distributed amongst their five Clubhouses on Oʻahu to families in need with the help of volunteers. BGCH also shared the donation with local non-profit organizations such as Women in Need, Salvation Army, Queens Medical Center, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, Domestic Violence Action Center, and Waikiki Health, all of which received new seasonal clothing ranging from kids to adult sizes for their members. Old Navy has been clothing American families since 1994 and recognizes that the need to serve families has never been greater with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In May, Old Navy donated over $30 million of clothing to American families in need across the continental U.S., including clothing donations to Boys & Girls Clubs in Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaiʻi. To learn more about Old Navy’s nationwide donation and response efforts, see here. “Gap Inc. brands have supported Boys & Girls Clubs for more than 15 years. We are extremely grateful to Old Navy for this generous donation of clothing for our communities in need.”, said Paddy Kauhane, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “Since March, Clubhouses across Oʻahu and Kauaʻi have collaborated with community partners to utilize our Clubhouses as distribution centers, providing food and much-needed supplies to families within the community”.
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Support Youth and Communities Through COVID-19 Clubs Provide Food, Supplies, and Free Memberships, for Hawai’i’s Youth and Families
HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI – MAY 4, 2020 – Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) announced today that they will be offering free memberships to keiki and teens in support of relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, adhering to the social distancing guidance from the Hawaii Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BGCH made the difficult decision to close all Club locations on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi. Within a matter of one week of the Statewide quarantine, all nine BGCH Clubhouses across Oʻahu and Kauaʻi mobilized and reached out to their members and families to see how they could help. BGCH collaborated with community partners to utilize Clubhouses as distribution centers, giving out food and much-needed supplies to families within the community. That same week, Clubs started virtual programming to engage youth to maintain those critical mentoring connections. Every day since then, virtual programming has become part of the daily BGCH culture. Online content includes making volcanoes, lessons in yoga, hip hop, hula, Hawaiian language, reading, writing, math, karaoke, cooking classes, gardening, ʻukulele, kanikapila, and art. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and to those who are ill with the virus. Now more than ever, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii is committed to the youth and families of Hawaiʻi but especially our youth from underserved communities who are being hit the hardest, as eighty-three percent of our families come from low to very low-income households”, said Paddy Kauhane, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “We made the decision to offer free memberships in support of relief efforts during COVID-19 because we wanted to support parents and directly engage youth, providing innovative and fun virtual programming to whoever needs us during this time. We will continue to do what we have always done – provide a safe space filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adult mentors, and enriching programs.” For the past four years, on the third Wednesday of May, the community has come together to support Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. With the unique situation we all find ourselves in today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii is carefully and respectively continuing this year’s fundraising efforts. Funds raised will go directly to keep distribution centers open, to provide food, essential supplies, free memberships, and virtual programming allowing the staff to do what they do best; whatever it takes to ensure every child has a Great Future. To donate and to learn more about Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, visit www.GreatFuturesDay.org. To learn more about Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii’s membership offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, visit www.bgch.com.
FEBRUARY 26, 2020
MARCUS MARIOTA HELPS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HAWAII CELEBRATE YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Winner to be Announced at Aulani-Disney Resort & Spa on March 1, 2020
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Three outstanding youth have been named Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii 2020 Youth of the Year Finalists at a competition held on February 8, 2020. Selected from several exemplary Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii youth on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, Bronson S., a senior at Waianae High School and member of the Waianae Clubhouse, Mari C., a senior at McKinley High School and member of the Spalding Honolulu Clubhouse, and Tavia R., a senior at Kauaʻi High School and member of the Lihuʻe Clubhouse, will represent their local Boys & Girls Clubhouse at a special breakfast celebration on March 1, 2020. Guests attending the special event will have the opportunity to hear the finalists’ inspiring stories at Aulani-A Disney Resort & Spa where the winner will be announced. Scheduled to appear at the March 1, 2020 Celebration at Aulani as special guest speaker is Heisman Trophy Winner, NFL Quarterback and St. Louis High School graduate, Marcus Mariota.
“We are so proud of these young men and women who represent their Clubs and communities with courage and leadership”, said Paddy Kauhane, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “Having a dedicated program to celebrate teens whose Club experience has empowered them to find their voice and achieve success is what the event on March 1st is all about. Sharing that with the greater community at such a magical place like Aulani with Marcus Mariota makes for a memorable day for all involved.”
Becoming National Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to Washington, D.C., for the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration Dinner, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson. The
National Youth of the Year is a role model, leader and advocate for the nearly 4 million youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year, and all of America’s young people.
The 2020 Youth of the Year is presented by Aulani-Disney Resort & Spa and Jack in the Box Hawaii. This year’s celebration is also sponsored by American Savings Bank, Central Pacific Bank, Hawaii Pacific Health, Carol S. Koga, Locations Foundation, and SERVCO Pacific, Inc. Their continued support of Club youth allows for the sponsorship of the next great success story.
Everyone should be able to play volleyball, said Tony Giarla of the Association of Volleyball Professionals First on Saturday during a clinic at Kalapaki Beach. Giarla was leading the second of 17 clinics that will spread across the state through the sponsorship of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “We’ve brought some of the AVP professionals, including Hawaii-born Lea Hunt, to help the Boys & Girls Club members, some of whom are handling the volleyball for the first time,” he said. “Others have played before and only can get better.”Read more
AUGUST 14, 2019
Rams host Play 60 at Nanaikapono Elementary
Although the much anticipated NFL Preseason game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys isn’t until this weekend, fans of all ages were able to get a taste of football this afternoon. Several dozens of elementary and middle school students took part in Play 60 at Nanaikapono Elementary school in Nanakuli. The Rams hosted the event through their partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, along with joint partnerships with American Savings Bank and Joint Military Base at Pearl Harbor-Hickam.Read more
JULY 19, 2019
Panda Express celebrates anniversary with donation to Boys & Girls Clubs
Panda Express is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its philanthropy program with donations to Boys & Girls Clubs.The Panda Cares Foundation donated $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii.Read more