Across the nation today, millions of Americans are looking forward to the long holiday weekend. Labor Day means saying goodbye to another summer. With the next holiday months away, the long weekend gives us the chance to reset, recharge and get ready for a new season.
But for hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens, this Labor Day will be like no other. Instead of a day off, they will spend this holiday weekend coming to terms with the devastation that has disrupted their lives and beginning the long journey of recovery.
Likewise, our Boys & Girls Club family is currently assessing damages to our Clubs in that region. Though there are details of the damage that we are still gathering, we have confirmed that at least three of our organizations in the Houston area have suffered intense structural damage, including destroyed roofs, heavy water damage and loss of necessary equipment and supplies. We are working with our Board of Governors, leveraging our partnerships and calling on the general public to provide support for the affected Clubs in that region.
Even as we look to take care of our own family, our Clubs and Club members are stepping up to support all victims of the hurricane, with its unprecedented rainfall and flooding. From holding bake sales and penny raffles to collecting supplies, Club kids and teens are demonstrating the very values we seek to instill in them – compassion, generosity, care for others, civic duty.
It is at times like these that I am most proud to lead what I believe to be one of the most important societal missions we can undertake – preparing the next generation of our nation’s leaders to model the great values on which this nation was founded. As a father, there is nothing that is more important to me than the well-being of my children. As the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the well-being of all of our children is equally important to me.
We all know that the most powerful influences on a child are the adults who are in that child’s life. When we uphold our collective values and act with compassion toward our fellow citizens, our children will learn those same lessons. In turn, when we see them display that same generosity and compassion as well, we know that we are doing the right thing. And that is how I feel today – proud and blessed to be a part of this great mission.
President & CEO