Want to Get Involved? Give Back to Your Community!

(photo courtesy of Sage Wann)

Are you a McDaniel College education major who is looking for a role in educating young minds? You should look no further for a great start in teaching and shaping the next generation than The Boys and Girls Club in downtown Westminster. 

Working with kids from ages 6 to 18, community contribution has helped hundreds of students grow up in a safe learning environment. Doing volunteer work is a great way to get experience with younger groups of kids and students and engage with the Carroll County community. 

While The Boys and Girls club in Westminster already has so many partners, McDaniel College being one of them, they are always looking for more support through volunteers and donations.  They are always looking for coats, clothing, books, and people to come in and work with the kids. The support given to The Boys and Girls club will feed right back into the Carroll County community, and that support could be coming from you!  

The Boys and Girls club is an organization that encourages young students to explore all their potential in a safe learning environment and models positive behaviors in the world. Their goal and mission statement—“To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens”— provides a safe and productive environment for students and make sure they become functioning members of society. It ensures that kids have positive role models in the world and grow up in a safe environment. 

Here in Westminster,  the after-school program consists of 115 kids from 12 different schools in the area. Lindsay Chiavacci, the program director, has dedicated her time to the Boys and Girls Club, and finds joy in teaching and shaping them. 

“Seeing how much kids absorbed made me want to be a positive role model [for them],” she said.   

Along with the Monday through Friday after-school program,  there is also a ten-week summer program that takes the students on field trips, swimming, and more. It makes sure that the positive environment that was given to them during the school year stays with them throughout the summer. 

McDaniel College students have already spent so much time working with the organization, helping run things like the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day parties. A significant number of students  have even gotten involved outside of the parties by working for the after-school program every week day. 

If you are looking to work and shape the next generation, this is a great place to start. Reaching out is the first step; emailing at info@bgcwestminster.org or calling The Boys and Girls club of Westminster at 410-386-0135 is the easiest way to get in contact with the program directors. There are also job applications listed online if you are looking to become a teacher, tutor, or leader. 

If you’re looking to get involved in your local community, The Boys and Girls Club is a great place to go!