HAMPTON ROADS - Bank of America has named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP) as a 2015 Neighborhood Builder – an award which combines $200,000 in flexible funding with leadership development resources – to increase the nonprofit’s capacity to provide safe after-school programs for low-income and at-risk youth in the Hampton Roads area.
“Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula and its leaders are on the front lines of tackling tough issues that are vital to the growth of Hampton Roads,” said Charlie Henderson, Hampton Roads market president, Bank of America. “The funding provided through Neighborhood Builders will help BGCVP increase access to Clubs, hire additional staff and expand the Club’s Eat Smart program, which provides more than 1,000 young people with healthy meals and snacks each day.”
BGCVP works to help young people throughout the Hampton Roads region become caring and responsible citizens by providing after-school and summer programs rooted in four key areas: academics, career guidance, character-building and healthy living. The organization is already making an impact: 93 percent of its members are performing on grade level, with 97 percent expected to complete high school on time.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia is honored to be a recipient of the Neighborhood Builders Award,” said Steven Kast, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. “This partnership will provide the capacity to deepen our impact for youth of the Virginia Peninsula and Southside by strengthening our management of and collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. Together we will serve 9,000 members in 13 cities and counties. Thanks to Bank of America, we will be able to expand our programs like Smart Smiles, our dental program; Targeted Outreach, our gang prevention program; and Eat Smart, our healthy meals and snacks program.”
Since 2004, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $183 million in more than 900 nonprofit organizations and provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders through Neighborhood Builders and the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program®. This long-term investment in nonprofit leadership development and capacity building is the largest philanthropic investment of its kind.
Neighborhood Builders is just one example of Bank of America’s broader corporate social responsibility efforts to build vibrant communities and economies. By advancing partnerships with nonprofits addressing needs related to community development, basic human services and workforce development and education, we are working to increase financial stability and help individuals and families find the pathways out of poverty.
Photo Caption:Charlie Henderson, Hampton Roads market president, Bank of America, presents a Neighborhood Builders check for $200,000 to Steven Kast, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP). The award will help the BGCVP increase access to Clubs, hire additional staff and expand the Club's Eat Smart program, which provides more than 1,000 young people with healthy meals and snacks each day.