Written by: Katie Huebner, Reader submitted, Oshkosh Northwestern
February 25, 2015
The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh was recently awarded a $45,000 grant from the J. J. Keller Foundation. The grant will be used to support basic needs of youth ages 6 to 18.
The J. J. Keller Foundation was founded in 1990 and since then has funded numerous community projects and programs, all of which have positively impacted the lives of citizens throughout the Fox Cities.
“We are currently serving 4,000 local youth through membership and community outreach,” said Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh CEO, Marc Dosogne. “Many of our Club members qualify for free or reduced meals and come from single parent homes where money is tight. Our Club is able to provide programs and basic needs services to these children because of grants like this one from the J. J. Keller Foundation.”
The J. J. Keller Foundation grant will allow the Boys & Girls Club to continue providing members with healthy meals and snacks (breakfast, lunch and snack in the summertime and dinner and a snack during the school year), hygiene assistance (including showers, haircuts, dental and eye care), scholarships for higher education, clean clothing and shoes. Although the Club invests over $900 a year in each member, it only costs Club members $25 for an annual membership. Scholarships are provided for those families who cannot afford the nominal fee.
With this grant, the J. J. Keller Foundation is investing in the local community and helping enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh would like to thank the J. J. Keller Foundation for helping fulfill the Club’s mission of improving the lives of children and families.
For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, please contact the Club at (920) 233-1414, visit the Club online at www.bgcosh.org or find the Club on Facebook, Twitter (@BGCOsh) or YouTube.
As always, the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh is a United Way Agency.