Boys & Girls Clubs Volusia/Flagler Counties (BGCVFC) saves and changes the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive, and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve great futures. We have 8 Clubs in Volusia and Flagler Counties: DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, and Palm Coast.
Our Rymfire Boys & Girls Club, located at Rymfire Elementary School in Palm Coast, served 100 youth in 2020. 92% received free/reduced lunch, and 66% come from single family or non-traditional homes. Because of COVID-19, we re-aligned how we offered our programs and services, and we stayed open to serve the children and families that need us most. We suspended our fees in order to help families deal with the uncertainty and financial toll during this challenging period, but many local businesses helped support our mission by partnering with us. Partners include AdventHealth, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ross, Michaels, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Bank of America, and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
BGCVFC serves 1,000 youth annually. Our goal is to deliver programs that create happy and healthy children today, while building a foundation of success for tomorrow. We strive to provide safe environments that keeps kids engaged and active in the hours after school, and throughout the summer. Research shows that during periods of idleness and boredom, kids are vulnerable to peer pressure, violence and other risky activities. The risks are even higher for children from disadvantaged circumstances. We minimize those risks by engaging young people in activities with positive adult role models and peers, enabling them to learn powerful life skills.
BGVFCV has to raise over $1 million dollars each year. We welcome the support of those in the Flagler area to broaden our partner base in order to continue to provide great futures to the kids who need us the most.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, business leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
In Flagler County, three Rotary Clubs participate in service projects aimed at solving some of our world’s most persistent issues. Rotarians believe that the best way to find solutions is through service projects because service changes not only other people’s lives but also our own.
This month, the Rotary District 6970 Alumni Association, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Flagler Beach, Flagler County, Daytona Beach West and Downtown Ormond Beach, is holding two “Rotary Feeding Heroes” events that will provide 600 appreciation lunches to frontline Covid-19 healthcare workers at AdventHealth Palm Coast and Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange.
Rotary Club of Flagler Beach is an especially active club when it comes to serving our most vulnerable neighbors. Its service projects include: monthly groceries for 400 families in need, Christmas gifts for 1300 children, free books for children ages 0-5 in the 32136 zip code, scholarships for high school and adult ed students, water safety and surf camps for foster and at-risk children and the purchase of cribs to prevent SIDS in Flagler County.
Rotary forms partnerships with local businesses to strengthen service projects and find solutions. Rotary Club of Flagler Beach would especially like to recognize Hoyle, Tanner and Association, GAI Consultants Inc., Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, AdventHealth, A1 Reliable Air Conditioning, Inc., Coast Title Insurance Company, Flagler Septic Services and KMI Design Group LLC for being major sponsors of last month’s Race of the Runways 5k – the club’s largest fundraiser of the year.
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