“We believe that the educational and learning experiences our youth and teens receive at the Club are an extension of what happens in the classroom,” says Allen. “Our world is full of possibilities, and it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment where they can explore and develop their abilities.”

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Youth also have access to on-site mental and behavioral health support with a licensed social worker.

Over 500 children make the daily commute to the Boys & Girls Club each year, so you can imagine how quickly the organization takes care of school supplies. Pencils and paper, even the standard Dayton Public School uniform, are provided to child members.

Here’s what they need:

  • Art supplies (markers, paint, brushes, butcher paper)
  • Healthy Snacks (Goldfish, Cheez-Its, Granola Bars, Fruit Cups, Baked Fries, Go-gurt, Vegetable Chips, Fruit Snacks, Smart Popcorn)
  • Sensory toys (fidgets, playdohs, stretchy toys)
  • Large poufs
  • Socks, all sizes
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dodgeballs
  • board games
  • Newspapers
  • Petrol cards for caregivers
  • Tie Dye Kits
  • Headphones (over the ear)

Your donations can be dropped off 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1828 W. Stewart Street, Dayton, OH 45417 and can also be mailed to the club.

Other ways to help:

The Boys & Girls Club of Dayton will be hosting their SPARK Great Futures Fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at the Dayton Arcade, 35 W. 4th Street in downtown Dayton. The organization hopes to raise funds this year through the $300,000 CareSource Matching Gift Challenge, sponsorships, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

The SPARK event supports the sustainability of the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton as an anchor and oasis in West Dayton and will be used for programming and improving facilities so children have a safe place to build a future. promising. Special guest is University of Cincinnati men’s basketball coach Wes Miller.

Tickets are $150 and up. Visit bgcdayton.org to register for the event and to donate or call 937-262-8377.

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Meredith Moss writes about Dayton-area nonprofits and their specific needs. If your group has a wish list they would like to share with our readers, contact Meredith: [email protected]

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