BoaApril 18th -24th is Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the thousands of volunteers that have walked through our doors, we are sharing some of the ways in which volunteers have had a lasting impact on the NBGC.
The majority of our stewardship volunteers come from our Board of Directors. These individuals commit to serving the club as a director, ensuring effective planning, monitoring and strengthening programs and services, protecting assets and providing financial oversight, and working to enhance the mission and purpose of NBGC. Two years ago, we began the NBGC Associate Board. This board of young professionals dedicate time, talents, and treasures to the club and work to increase the brand awareness and fundraising capabilities of the NBGC.
Members of the Board of Directors and some Associate Board members participate in a working committee. These committees provide strategic oversight to the organization. Working committees include: Executive, Nominating, Finance, Programs, Marketing, Resource Development, Property, Compensation, Technology, and Personnel. These committees assist NBGC in planning for events, enhancing our building and services, and improving leadership as well as marketing and communications.
Board of Directors
Other stewardship volunteers- those that help to enhance the mission and vision of NBGC through strategic planning- come through our Alumni Association and our Parent’s Club. There are over 10,000 current NBGC alumni, many of whom will come together to attend events or volunteer at the clubhouse. The Parent’s Club (at one point the Mother’s Club) also works in collaboration with NBGC to provide feedback for ways to improve the NBGC as well as volunteer their time and energies to promoting the NBGC in the community.
Among some our most integral volunteers are our program volunteers. These individuals serve the NBGC as coaches, and in programming during holidays and events, such as Thanksgiving Day, the pep rally, and the Easter Egg Hunt. In the past, these volunteers have also assisted as band and choir directors as well as at track meets and tournaments.
Another crucial group of volunteers are those who volunteer with our fundraising events! Current and past events alike, we have committed volunteers that have helped with Family Fest, our Haunted House, RibFest, Fun Runs, delivering Directories, spaghetti dinners, and Mom and Dad dances. These volunteers have played a vital role in securing needed funds for the NBGC to continue safe and supportive athletic, leadership, and out of school programming.
1995-10-21, First Fun Run!
1995-11-18, Haunted $30000 raised-thanks to volunteers!
A group that has been particularly important this year are our volunteers for building projects. In the past, volunteers have done a number of things to assist with day to day operations in the clubhouse, including building bookshelves, painting, moving and setting up furniture, refinishing flooring, installing blinds, repairing electrical and plumbing fixtures, and cleaning the clubhouse. This year, because of our historic renovation, we have relied on volunteers more than ever, both in helping to make our temporary space and to prepare our clubhouse for the return of kids.
1987-03-14 Build and repair night Monkeyshine
Volunteers have also been crucial in raising funds for renovations and repairs through capital campaigns and building appeals. These individuals worked to secure funding that would ensure that our building was best able to serve our members.
NBGC is always excited to share the mission and vision of our club with others. One way that we do this is through our corporate volunteer program. Through partnerships with MB Financial, Shepard Schwartz & Harris, LinkedIn, LAZ Parking, Comcast, and others, we have welcomed volunteers that have assisted with our daily operations and learned more about the impactful work that we are doing. Corporations also invite our leaders to visit their corporate offices to learn more about other job careers and teach them interview tips and best practices.
Psst… would your corporation or business like to volunteer with the NBGC? We’d love to have you! Email email@example.com for more information!
NBGC welcomes volunteers on a regular basis to assist with mailings, equipment moving projects, cleaning, and repairs around the club.
We are so grateful to have a community that is committed to the NBGC. We know that we could not make the impact that we do without them. From fundraising to cheering on our youth, we rely on countless individuals being generous with their time and resources to do the work that we do.
We are so excited to be posting to NBGC’s first ever blog! We are motivated to have a platform to share our history and for our 10,000 plus alumni to have a way to connect with one another.
This blog will primarily focus on NBGC’s 90-year history and feature information that has been compiled by our Archives Committee, that consists of Ray Sugrue (1960’s, Bobcats), Tom Krier (1960’s Wasps, 1970’s Leader), Peter Maxfield (Hall of Famer & Former Board President), Bill Pittges, and Tom Van Den Bosch (Current Board President, Alum, & Hall of Famer).
As an introduction to this new form of communication, we’d like to reflect on all the ways that NBGC has communicated in our 90-year history and share with you how to access past publications online. Many of our alumni will remember weekly Monkeyshines and Alumni Chatter mailings, but only some will be familiar with the service papers and the parent reporter.
The Monkeyshine: 1932-Present
The Monkeyshines is our longest standing publication, starting shortly after the beginning of the club, at that time called the “Anakigig Boys Club.” The paper actually did not have a name “Monkeyshine” when it was first published on September 2, 1932. Monkeyshine was added as a name for the publication shortly after. The Monkeyshines is a weekly member-written newspaper that covers athletic league standings, club updates, and highlights from the past week. The Monkeyshines is still in circulation today, with over 4,000 total issues made and printed since the publication was created. Today, NBGC youth leaders write and print the Monkeyshines, which is still published weekly.
You can view many of our Monkeyshines publications online here.
The Service Papers: 1942-1945
The second publication to be introduced to NBGC were the Service Papers, which began during WWII in 1942. Many Neighborhood Boys Club (NBC, subsequently the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club) Alumni served our country during World War II. Their experience as NBC members unified them throughout the challenges they faced in the War. This in part was accomplished through NBC publication called the Service Paper. As the Service Paper gained popularity, lists of NBC alumni that were missing in action or killed were circulated. Parents and friends provided information to ensure that all former NBC members were sent updates about their friends fighting in other places. Letters came from all over the world. NBC alumni would share their experiences in the war, writing into the Service Paper with updates about themselves, meeting fellow alumni overseas, and expressing sympathies and remembrances of alumni who were killed in action.
During the war, The Monkeyshine also gave death notices and updates on the alumni that were involved in the war effort. The Monkeyshine continued to report about servicemen in later years and subsequent wars. The Service Paper was such an inspiration to NBC alum throughout that world that it was the impetus for the start of the NBC Alumni Association, which is now known as the NBGC Alumni Association.
You can view some of the Service Papers here.
The Alumni Chatter: 1945-Present
The Alumni Chatter became a way for alumni to receive updates about the Club and about one another when the war was over. This publication is sent to Alumni all across the country who want to stay connected to NBGC. Each issue features program updates, a letter from the Executive Director, information about upcoming events, and pictures and highlights of the past few months.
You can view Alumni Chatters dating back to 2013 here.
The Parent Reporter: 1950s-1980s
The parent reporter was another regular publication of the club, then the Neighborhood Boys Club, that was sent four times a year to keep parents connected to the club. In the first issue of the Parent reporter, the editor notes that “the purpose of the "Reporter" is to better acquaint [friends and parents] with not only the activities in which the boys participate but also the many activities in which mothers and fathers take part in an effort to maintain the high standards of this organization.”
Social Media: 2000-Present
Perhaps the most commonly used form of communication now used is social media. NBGC now sends out updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages about the clubhouse, upcoming events, and current members. NBGC also sends out monthly “E-Newsletters” to supporters and parents that give more information about programs, ways to be involved, and events to attend.
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