South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

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South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

OMAHA, NE 10/21/16

Lowe’s launched a national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America called Renovation Across the Nation to support one Boys & Girls Club per state with a $50,000 grant for critical repairs, improvement and refurbishments, totaling $2.5 million in support for Clubs around the country.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ South Omaha Club was selected as Nebraska’s grant recipient. These funds will allow the Club to renovate the aged locker rooms, swim area and teen area. These updates will enhance Club pride and attract new members and partnerships with the local high school and middle school that use the facility.

Throughout November and December, Lowe’s employees will be installing new lockers, a washer and dryer, as well as putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The Club also purchased new electronic dart boards, a bumper pool table, bean bag toss and ice maker. There are also plans for Lowe’s employees to volunteer at the Club and for Club teens to visit a local Lowe’s store to job shadow for a day.

On Saturday, October 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the South Omaha Club will host Games O! Rama which will feature some of the new items they purchased. Members from all the Clubs will compete in the annual event and enjoy some of the new games the Lowe’s grant has provided.

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Michelle Vu, Graphic Designer and Communications Manager, at (402) 342-1600 or mvu@bgcomaha.org.


Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. On Thursday, February 4, six Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) members competed to represent the organization at the state level Youth of the Year competition.

Representatives from each of the Clubs included Megan Corey, Carter Lake Unit; Giselle Centeno Rosales, South Omaha Unit; Bailey Tague, Council Bluffs Unit; Brandon McMiller, Westside Unit; Chance Hall, North Omaha Unit; and Alexia Hamilton, Mt. View Unit.
Brandon McMiller, freshman at Westside High School, was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year.

Youth of the Year is a nationally recognized program that promotes and celebrates a youth’s service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The program distinguishes youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.

“As a member of the Club for the past seven years, I have been provided with so many opportunities to make a difference,” McMiller said in a speech. “I have been a junior staff member, reading mentor and have led many community service projects. I learned leadership skills in Keystone Club and in 2015 was elected president by my peers.”

McMiller will go on to compete at the State level on March 16, 2016 at the Magnolia Hotel (1615 Howard Street) to qualify for one of five regional spots that will compete in Washington, D.C., to earn the coveted title of National Youth of the Year.
Historically, the five regional winners have been honored at a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill and have a chance to meet the President of the Unites States at the White House.

Tupperware Brands Corporation, the programs national sponsor, awards each state winner a $1,000 college scholarship, each regional winner a $10,000 college scholarship and the National Youth of the Year receives an additional college scholarship totaling up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.


Club Hours for Wednesday, February 3, 2016


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