Watertown Boys & Girls Club Receives Grants from True Value, Lowe’s to Improve Club

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The Watertown Boys & Girls Club received a pair of grants to help improve the Clubhouse on Whites Avenue, Club representatives announced.

True Value Grant Provides Paint

As students across Watertown get ready to go back to school, Watertown Boys & Girls Club is getting a fresh coat of paint thanks to a partnership with Waltham True Value. The Club is one of many across the nation selected to receive a “Painting a Brighter Future” grant.

Every day, 11 million kids are left unsupervised after school. Boys & Girls Clubs are there to provide kids with quality after-school programming to keep them on track to academic success and a great future.

More than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide serve nearly 4 million kids, providing resources and support after school to help kids graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrate good character and citizenship, and lead a healthy lifestyle. Watertown Boys & Girls Club serves 1,000 registered members ranging in age from 7 to 18.

“We work to provide an environment that is safe and fun, and our facility is a key component to our success. Thanks to this partnership, we are able to present a refreshed, inviting atmosphere for our children and teens,” said the Club’s Director of Marketing & Special Events, Kristina Norris. “We are grateful for our local True Value’s support as we help Watertown-area kids build great futures and start
the school year off right.”

Watertown Boys & Girls Club will use the donation from True Value to re-paint their Gamesroom.

“Painting a Brighter Future” is the signature program of the True Value Foundation, uniting the True Value retailers with Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. In total, the True Value retailers will donate more than 3,000 gallons of paint to Clubs across the nation. The program also provides grants to elementary, junior high and high schools in neighborhoods nationwide.

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The pool deck at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club will be re-tiled thanks to one of two grants received by the club.

Lowe’s Grant Will Provide New Pool Deck

Watertown Boys & Girls Club announced earlier this month that they
will receive a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s to re-tile their pool deck. The grant is part of Renovation Across the Nation, a program between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Lowe’s that provides one Club in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. with a grant and volunteer support from Lowe’s to complete much-needed improvements and renovations.

Watertown Boys & Girls Club was selected as the signature Club in the state of Massachusetts for 2018. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support will help make critical improvements to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for Watertown’s youth who need it most.

“Our Club is undergoing major improvements and the opportunity to re-tile the pool deck will enhance our efforts to reinvigorate our nearly 50-year-old facility,” said the Club’s Executive Director, Renee Gaudette. “Over 2,000 community members utilize our aquatics facility each year. With the help of the Lowe’s RAN grant, we will be able to provide a first-class facility to our community and offer greater programming for our youth and teen members.”

The renovations will begin in September and the Club will be partnering with the Lowe’s store in Framingham to complete the renovation. The pool is scheduled to be finished in the end of September.

To learn more about the Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnership, visit www.bgca.org/about-us/our-partners/lowes.

About Watertown Boys & Girls Club

Watertown Boys & Girls Club provides after-school and summer programming for youth ages 7 – 18. The mission of the Club is to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Members participate in programming in the areas of Healthy Living, Academic Success, and Character & Leadership Development. Through positive relationships with adult mentors, youth members receive support and guidance on a daily basis. To learn more, visit www.watertownbgc.org.

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