Boys & Girls Club of Martin County selected as Non Profit of the Year
The Palm City Chamber of Commerce awarded Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County 2022 Non-profit of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 5, at their annual Installation Gala.
"2022 represents the first time the award was given and begins a new tradition for the Palm City Chamber," says Missi Campbell, Executive Director of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce. She goes on to say, "we are incredibly proud of Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County because their vision, passion, and perseverance during the pandemic has led to extraordinary outcomes for the youth they serve and the community as a whole."
Serving up great futures together Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County food truck Fork in the Road can often be seen at Chamber events. Launched in 2021, Fork in the Road is the centerpiece of the Club's workforce development and career readiness portfolio, including Culinary Training and Certification Programs. Since hitting the road, the Fork in the Road culinary program has successfully trained more than 43 Club teams. These teens now hold a SERV Safe food handler certification that qualifies them for an opportunity to work in a high-demand industry.
"We are honored to be the first recipient of this award," says Keith "Fletch" Fletcher, BGCMC president & CEO. "It's proof that truly collaborative partnerships, like the one we have with the Chamber, provide far-reaching opportunities – from kids who need a post-secondary plan to local businesses that need a highly qualified and reliable workforce."
For more than 30 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County has provided award-winning programs designed to guide and inspire young people ages 6-18 to learn, grow and mature in route to becoming successful adults. Each of the four clubs enjoys strong partnerships with local schools and communities. Such cohesion ensures that Boys & Girls Clubs' programs complement and enrich the curriculum our members learn in class as well as remain attuned to the challenges and opportunities they face on a day-to-day basis. The clubs offer opportunities for fun, fitness, S.T.E.A.M. activities, and certified teachers work with club members on everything from tutoring and homework help to specialized courses that prepare them for careers in a variety of trades.