Nonprofit Spotlight: Each person can make a difference

Farm Forum

Michael P. Herman is executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area.

One opportunity can make a lasting difference in the life of a child. One dream can give a sense of purpose for a lifetime. One voice can relay wisdom that resonates for generations. One Boys and Girls Club can give hope to an entire neighborhood and community. One person like you can help fulfill the dream of a brighter tomorrow for more children in our community.

At Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area, any gift — no matter how big or small — is immensely appreciated. This is the idea behind our It Just Takes One Campaign: It just takes one caring adult, one Boys and Girls Club, and one gift to forever impact the life of a child.

This campaign ensures that the doors to the club remain open and accessible to all children and that the club is able to continue to provide a safe place for those whom may be left alone after school or on the streets with no guidance, life-enhancing programs that can open young minds, and a relationship with caring, trained adults.

We keep membership dues low, so all children will have the opportunity to join. You can help by making a financial contribution or supporting us as a volunteer.

As we complete the It Just Takes One campaign for 2013, we have three remaining events:

• Blue Jeans for Blue Doors is a program that area companies or businesses can use to engage employees, boost morale and promote community involvement while raising funds for the club. It typically works by allowing employees to make a small donation, and in exchange they get to wear blue jeans for a day.

• Round-Up is a program at many area retailers that provides their customers the opportunity to make donations to the club at the cash register by rounding up their purchases to the next whole dollar, dropping their change in the donation bucket or just simply making a donation.

• Brown County Fair Grandstand concessions: We are quickly gearing up for the upcoming fair, which includes staffing the grandstand concessions throughout the entire fair.

Last year, we had more than 450 volunteers filling 670 positions, donating 3,657 hours to the club. This year, we hope to fill 775 positions throughout the weeklong event and have already signed up 395 volunteers. These volunteers fill positions as cashiers, food preparers, pop vendors, popcorn makers, split-pot/raffle attendants, and positions in the beverage garden. You can check out positions on our website, sign up at the club or just give us a call to get yourself, your group or organization signed up.

It just takes one person to help make our dreams come true; it just takes you. Your financial commitment or support by volunteering will enable us to continue the work that will shape the future of our club and the hundreds of children who attend each year.

To learn more visit, find Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area on Facebook, email or call 605-225-8714.