National Volunteer Week 2017

Dear Volunteers, Happy National Volunteer Week!  We would like to thank each and every one of you for the difference you make in the lives of thousands of children across this community. At Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) we so often talk about how mentoring and after-school programs can change a child’s life, and you are the people who make that possible. You help open a door to a brighter future for us all. You are … Continue reading

5 Ways to Have Fun While Spring Cleaning

It is officially spring! Even though you’d rather be outside, make the best of our in-between weather and use this time to organize your closet. Bring some sunshine into your home, and check out these five ways you can have fun while de-cluttering. 1) Invite a Friend Over Make a night of your closet mess! Invite friends over, grab snacks and make fun signs that say keep or donate, so that they can help you make decisions when you just can’t let go. Take it … Continue reading

Kids Tennis League

Oftentimes, kids who attend our programs don’t have access to a variety of sports. In 2016, thanks to a grant from Tennis Canada, we were able to offer a Kids Tennis League to 70 kids at our McCauley and Tweddle Clubs. The Tennis League Support Program is designed for kids who are older than six. It focuses on learning tennis through play rather than the traditional lesson-based model so kids can get better simply by playing. Plus Tennis Canada provided … Continue reading

Teammates Floor Hockey Camp

The excitement in the air was palpable. It was early in the morning on Saturday, February 18th and we expected our kids to still be struggling to keep their sleepiness at bay. It turns out that if you give them something as unique as a floor hockey camp with a famous former Edmonton Oiler sleep doesn’t really matter so much. That day, 60 kids between the ages of 9 and 13 from across our after school clubs, including a few … Continue reading

Christmas Throwback – Local Company’s Spirit of Giving

Custom design firm California Closets has been donating to BGCBigs for the past five years. Jennifer VanTeeling the Sales Manager for the company was a Boys & Girls Club staff member while she was going to university. “When I was looking for work after university and after I left the Club, I still wanted to be able to help people. In my job with California Closets we help individuals and companies get more organized and that has an impact on … Continue reading