Boys & Girls Club Washington State Association received the largest grant in its history, $17,975,000, from the Ballmer Group. Of that, upwards of $550,000 will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington over three years.
As of last week, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington served around 415 kids daily across its eight clubs. The grant will focus on expanding resources for youth experiencing the highest socioeconomic barriers to healthy lifestyles and academic success, according to a press release. Local organizations will have flexibility to determine what tools and programs will be most beneficial to the youth they serve.
“We are going to be really intentional about how we apply it,” said Francisco Bueno, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington.