The Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley (in Shelton, Connecticut) recently awarded Toyota Financial Services (TFS) with its 2014 Champion of Youth honor. TFS, a proud supporter and sponsor of the Boys & Girls of America, was recognized as a distinguished supporter of the club through significant financial support and associate volunteering. Accepting the award were Matt Morton and Rich Carroll of the New Haven DSSO.
During his acceptance speech, Carroll highlighted TFS’ involvement in the community.
“Since 2007, TFS has contributed over $10.5 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” Carroll said at the podium. “In 2013, more than 1,000 associates volunteered more than 30,000 hours in the community. And in this past year, TFS employees have taken part in 5,000 volunteer activities, volunteering more than 13,000 hours.”
The New Haven DSSO was also recognized for its role in bringing scholarship opportunities to Club members, a summer internship program, the d2D college readiness program, backpacks, art supplies, and more.
The event consisted of a cocktail hour, an annual meeting of the corporation, and concluded with the Service to Youth awards program, during which the Club and attendees showed their appreciation for the more than $20,000 that has been distributed by the New Haven DSSO to support Club programs and activities.
First, Boston DSSO donated $300 to My Father’s House in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to providing young mothers and pregnant teenagers with a safe place to live, and helping them get on their feet and out on their own. For more information on My Father’s House, please visit http://mfhouse.net/.
Several associates from the Boston DSSO also had the privilege of attending the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell’s 17th Annual Holiday Auction Dinner, where the Club received a donation of $1,500 from the DSSO.
Finally, with a $1,200 budget and donations from associates, Boston DSSO supported several families through Child and Family Services out of Manchester, the oldest and longest-standing social service organization in New Hampshire (http://cfsnh.org/):
- Warm waterproof winter boots to 31 homeless teenagers
- Family #1 (very ill mother of two, breast cancer survivor) – the son received a winter coat, hoodie, card game, magic game, fishing pole with lures, fishing net, and toys; daughter received pajamas, an outfit, gloves, dolls, craft kits, and games; mother received a very nice coat, blankets, pillows and pillowcases, reusable hand warmers, a waffle/Panini press, waffle mix, and hot chocolate
- Family #2 (single dad, autistic 4-year-old daughter) – children’s DVDs, a learning music CD, a coat, gloves, black sequined boots, winter boots, pajamas, gloves, socks, and several outfits
- Family #3 (a mother and father with a 3-year-old son) – the parents were each given winter jackets and several outfits; the son received outfits, shoes, winter boots, 4and toys