Boys & Girls Club Receives Dogwood Grant & British Petroleum Settlement
June 13, 2018— (Key West, FL). Boys & Girls Club receives Dogwood grant and British Petroleum settlement for renovations of future home at Bayview Park
Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dogwood Foundation and a $27,262.49 settlement from British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon, Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area are closer to their vision of providing their 450 young members a much-needed permanent home. Funds will be allocated for renovations to their former home at Bayview Park, a leaky 64-year-old building that lacks air conditioning and proper facilities for food preparation, bathrooms, and administrative offices for the youth services program.
“The generous donation from Dogwood Foundation and the settlement from BP moves us closer to our goal of creating a modern and permanent Boys & Girls Club at Bayview Park,” says Executive Director Dan Dombroski. “We’re grateful for the support that will provide a positive, safe environment for children in our community to attend after school and during school holidays and breaks.”
Preliminary renovations of the vacant Bayview building are currently under way, with new hurricane-proof doors and windows, air conditioning, and flooring being installed to replace what was badly damaged by previous flooding. Non-bearing walls have been removed for future reconfiguring of the space as needed for the Club’s various programming, which includes tutoring, literacy support, STEM initiatives, computer skill development, sports and recreation, Spanish, dance, drama, and photography lessons, health and wellness life skills, and a teen program.
Anticipated renovation cost for the 4,000-square-foot city-owned building is $2.1 million. To date, the Club has raised over $700,000 which includes the Dogwood grant and BP Deepwater Horizon settlement, over $25,000 raised from their recent “One Particular Harbor” fundraiser, and a $500,000 City allotment from their own British Petroleum settlement funds.
The building, which was the Club’s home from 1996 to 2014, has been under lease to the Club by the City for a dollar a year since 2009. Contract terms end in three years but are under mutual renegotiations to insure security of the Club’s investments and longevity in the space they are renovating to create their permanent home and be on par with most Boys & Girls Club facility standards across the country.
“Bayview Park’s close-proximity to many public schools, the recreational opportunities that are already there in the tennis, basketball, and softball courts and fields, and its central location that will allow them to use their bikes make it a perfect site for a Boys & Girls Club,” says Dombroski.
The Club currently has a year-to-year lease at the old Reynolds Street School with the Monroe County School Board that expires in August of 2019. Which means the youth development program—the largest provider of childcare in the Florida Keys, offering low-cost after-school and full-time care during school holidays, professional development days, and summer vacation— has one year to secure their home. They have already moved five times over the last 15 years.
“We’re making progress but still need support to achieve this dream,” says Dombroski. “By supporting these efforts, you’re investing in a child’s future, you’re giving them an opportunity to succeed. Every child deserves that.”
To make your own tax-deductible donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area, contact Executive Director Dan Dombroski at 305-206-2258. For more information, visit boysandgirlsclubsofthekeysareainc.org. The Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area. Helping kids succeed since 1996.
Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Dan Dombroski, Club members Gabriel Jordan, Warren Badial, and Autumn Jones, Dogwood Foundation Trustee Holly Merrill, Club members Courtney Hanson and Desiderio Perez, Activities Coordinator Lindsay Vinson, Assistant Executive Director Susan Kent, Board Chair Bill Archer, and Club member Adrian Pop give the thumbs up to Dogwood Foundation, who recently awarded them $25,000 to help support the Club in their efforts of renovating the building located at Bayview Park to provide their 450 young members a much-needed permanent home.