- A safe place to learn and grow
- Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
- Hope and opportunity
Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County is proud to announce Jeff Sanders as Resource Development DirectorJeff Sanders has been named as the first Resource Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County. A former Borough Councilman in Pitman and most recently the Manager of the West Deptford Motor Vehicle Agency, Jeff had been on the Board of Directors for the organization since 2010, and had focused primarily on the Fundraising and Facilities Committee. “When I was first introduced to the club, I worked with several other Board members to establish a Woodbury location. We identified that as a critical area to help underserved kids in our community.” He continued. “However, in touring our Paulsboro location, I learned of a long-discussed project to convert the unused basement into a dedicated teen center. Finding the resources to complete that project became my personal goal.” In September 2014, the grand opening was held for the teen center. “I truly had no idea what the Boys & Girls Clubs had to offer to kids across our county, and just how critical a role they play to many kids in those communities, Glassboro, Paulsboro and Woodbury, where our clubs are located.” Serving kids ages five to seventeen, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County provide a warm, welcoming and structured environment to over 370 members. After enjoying a healthy afterschool snack upon their arrival, club kids receive homework help during Power Hour, take part in safe, structured playtime activities in a supervised environment, then sit down for a nutritious, well balanced meal before leaving for home. “I was struck by just how many kids in our community lack the same support system my own children have”, Jeff said, “It’s a real eye opener to learn of the tremendous need faced by so many young people in our county alone. As the only licensed non-profit in Gloucester County exclusively serving children and teens, our organization provides a safe place to learn and grow, character development with caring, adult professionals, and perhaps most importantly, hope and opportunity.” Jeff will concentrate on expanding the existing base of resources and establishing new partnerships, to grow our club locations, and serve even more kids across the county. “I have been involved in my community as an elected Borough Councilman, and presently serve on two committees in Pitman, Economic Development, which works to attract new businesses to town while retaining current businesses, and Friends of the Grove, a small group that was created to preserve and celebrate the Pitman Grove, the true birthplace of our community.” Jeff continues. “The spirit of volunteerism and giving back has always been important to me, and it’s a quality I`ve tried to instill in my own children. I’m embracing this new role as a tremendous opportunity to share the great story of the Boys & Girls Club, and what they have done to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive and caring citizens.” Prior to his Governor`s Appointment as MVC Manager, Jeff’s career has been in Sales and Marketing. He and his wife Althea reside in Pitman, with their children Julia, Allison and Josh.
A Special Thank You Goes out to Kennedy Health’s “STAT”!!!
SNJ Today article - A partnership between Kennedy Health and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gloucester County is on the road to success. On Tuesday, the health center donated a van to the non-profit organization from its “STAT” medical transport subsidiary. The van will be used to transport teenagers back home from their after-school programs, which is often a problem for Boys and Girls Club officials, who say transportation is one of the barriers for teens to participate in their provided programs. “The program here, from what I’ve learned, is instrumental in the development of these young children. So, for Kennedy and ‘STAT’ to be able to donate this vehicle in order to help their purpose is a great thing,” said Ronald Forsyth, the Executive Director at Kennedy Health. The three Boys and Girls Club after-school programs in Gloucester County run until 8 p.m., and now the new van will hopefully give more reasons for teens to participate and provide a safe ride home. Click link to see video:https://snjtoday.com/3423gloucester-boys-and-girls-club-receives-much-needed-transportation/