This month I would like to shine a spotlight on an organization that has been in the community for 51 years, The Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces. What is the purpose of the Boys & Girls Club Las Cruces? I spoke with Corina Infante, Volunteer Coordinator for the Club, “The Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces provides a safe place where children can learn and grow in social, educational, and recreational areas. We strive to reach all youth, especially those who need us most, to get them on the path to a bright future.” Infante also spoke to their volunteer opportunities, “We also provide opportunities for members of the community to come and volunteer by spending time with the kids or giving a general helping hand in the office.”
The BGC of Las Cruces started as a boxing club in 1963, where young men who were looking for something to do could come and learn and be mentored. The Club soon expanded their activities and became a member of the national Boys & Girls Club of America in 1965. “The Club provides a safe and positive place for the community's kids, providing parents with the peace of mind needed when they cannot be with their children,” Infante says.
The BGC of Las Cruces calls out to the community looking for volunteers to help brighten their members futures. Infante urges the community to participate, “Our greatest need is support from the community, whether by means of funds, volunteers or in-kind services.” The Club's building is old and in need of repairs inside and out, giving it's members a safe environment, “Although our members fill (our building) with love, it is in great need of repairs,” Infante adds.
The BGC of Las Cruces is a non-profit organization teaching youth in our community the importance of volunteerism and taking care of their neighborhood. The BGC of Las Cruces involves their members in various community service projects throughout the year. “The community should see BGC Las Cruces as a hub of hope and opportunity for future leaders of our city,” says Infante. “Since we've been in the community for 51 years, thousands have been touched by our programs. We hope that we are molding and growing the future leaders and professionals of Las Cruces.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces is located downtown at 330 West Las Cruces Ave. The best way to contact them is by phone at (575) 526-1519. “We would love to have more club members and volunteers,” expresses Infante. “We love to hear about ideas and if the community is in need of any help, we are always here. We hope to see new faces around our halls.”
Visit www.bgclascruces.org for more information on the Club and how to become a member or volunteer.