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How Your Donations Impact Our Clubs
Joy – Duneland Club Member
Joy is a 16 year old sophomore at Chesterton High School. She is at her third school in three years because the charter school she attended in Lake County was closed. She is one of our oldest, and larger, members at our Duneland Club, so she stands out among the crowd. What is most impressive about Joy are her infectious smile, outgoing personality and “big sister” approach while interacting with our younger Club members. Recently, Joy stood by the Club door passing out pumpkin sugar cookies to kids leaving for the day and their parents. As she was doing this, she mentioned to a staff member the sense of belonging and hope that she receives by being part of the Club. Joy’s transition to her new high school has not been the easiest as she is struggling to make friends. Her mom is a single parent that works long hours and their commute from Lake County is a sacrifice for a better education and environment. Her grades are improving because she is receiving support and assistance with her homework from our staff. As a result of our Club, Joy is now talking about going to college to become a forensic investigator, something she said she’d never dreamed about before her time with us.
League Team Mom
“My son just played on Coach Evan’s basketball team. This volunteer coach had amazing patience with all the children and encouraged them all to do their best all the time. My son loves basketball, but needed just a little help with some fundamentals, and I could tell by the end of the season his confidence had grown immensely as did his skill. He was shooting (and making) baskets and going for rebounds. His dribbling improved as well. I would love to thank Evan and the entire Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County staff for this opportunity at an affordable price. My son loved it. He had fun, adored his coach, and most importantly learned and improved! We look forward to the Winter Soccer season and hope to have just as wonderful of an experience as Fall Basketball.” – Team Mom