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Each month we feature a new charity to share with our readers in hopes that they might donate to or at least spread the word to others for awareness. For October we decided to profile  Boys and Girls Clubs of King County in the Seattle area.

Here is information that Communications Coordinator Erin Johnston had to share with us about B&GC:

Our Mission

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to

realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Who We Are and How We Help

* Boys & Girls Clubs of King County has 13 full-service Clubs as well as 28

before and after-school program sites.

* As a facilities-based organization, we offer kids a safe, positive place to belong.

* We serve 16,000 kids each year.

* Our mission focuses on three areas of impact with our kids:

* Academic Success

* Good Character and Citizenship

* Healthy Lifestyles

* Our Clubs are open to all and membership costs just pennies a day (between

$0-$40 a year); scholarships are available for those in need.

* For every child we serve in our Clubs we need to raise $500 to cover the annual cost to serve them.

Key Statistics

* 85% of Club alumni said that staff members helped them to know right from wrong.

* Kids who participated in educational programs at the Clubs reported 87% fewer absences in school.

* 87% of kids said the Club helps them do better in school.

* 77% of Club kids attributed their learning of good leadership to Club staff.

* 30% of students in the Seattle School District did not graduate on time in 2008-2009.

* Juvenile crime triples between the hours of 3:00pm and 8:00pm. These hours are a danger zone for drug and alcohol use, truancy, youth violence, and teen pregnancy.

The Need

Children in King County face more challenges today than in past years.

* Directors are telling us that the economy is impacting their kids and families

* Kids are hungry – More kids are coming to the Club hungry. Staff are scrambling to find filling meals that won’t break their budget.

* Families are in need: Many parents face evictions, lay-offs and overwhelming financial stress. Kids in the Clubs are exhibiting signs of these stresses.

* Families are finding other childcare unaffordable: Our Clubs are seeing an influx in new members because our drop-in programs are only about $20 a year. Despite these low costs, more parents are asking for scholarships.

* Gang activity is on the rise, with 4,355 active gang members in King County in 2009; kids are craving to belong.

* King County budget cuts have made social services more difficult to obtain for low-income families.

Please visit their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

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