INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 17, 2015) - Today, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) announced House lawmakers will team up to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indiana which help thousands of Hoosier children and teens in need.
Currently, there are 122 Boys & Girls Clubs in Indiana serving 105,000 Hoosier youth each year. Bosma said these clubs provide a safe haven for young people from distressed communities while offering leadership, education, career and healthy lifestyle programs.
"Every young Hoosier deserves a life filled with hope and opportunity, and we are excited to partner with an organization that puts kids first each and every day," Bosma said. "Whether it's helping out with homework or providing a safe haven, these clubs do a great service by providing positive environments for kids to learn and grow."
Each year, the House Republicans and Democrats identify and support a philanthropic organization, and collect donations throughout the legislative session. House lawmakers and staff will also participate in a volunteer day at a local Boys & Girls Club, and have already started collecting non-perishable food items, sports equipment, school and art supplies, books and other items in donation bins at the Statehouse.
Lance Eberle, president of the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, said Hoosier families are typically asked to pay between $10 and $20 for a year membership per child, but some cannot afford to pay this. He also said the clubs' biggest needs across the state are non-perishable food items along with school and art supplies.
"We are so grateful to be selected as a partner for the Indiana House of Representatives," Eberle said. "This is a great opportunity for House members to connect with Boys & Girls Club communities, the mission and especially our youth members. Donations of program supplies will help provide Clubs with the tools they need to provide world-class youth development programming to over 100,000 youth per year. Thank you for investing in the great futures of Indiana's youth."
The Boys & Girls Club mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
“Boys and Girls Clubs better the lives of nearly four million children throughout the country each year,” said House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City. “The Clubs transform our young people into caring, productive and responsible citizens who in turn carry a message of hope to future generations. They truly help build the future of our state and country.”
House lawmakers also encourage Hoosiers to get involved by visiting www.bgca.org for more information or to contact a nearby club to learn how to help.
Note to the Press: The photo below and attached is of House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by Rep. Pelath and representatives from the Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs, announcing that House lawmakers will team up this year to support the organization. (From left to right includes Speaker Bosma, Ray Black, Executive Director of Lide White Boys & Girls Club, Lance Eberle, President of the Indiana Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs and Rep. Pelath)