Our Mission Statement
The Clubs strive “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County first opened its doors in 2005. A group of community leaders, inaugural board members, city officials, school district leaders and parents worked collectively to create a safe, engaging and positive place for all children in Chaffee County.
Today our Clubs' foundations are strong. We serve more than 750 kids annually and provide ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, offer life-enhancing programs and foster a sense of community, hope and opportunity.
Club Hero Award
The Club Hero award recognizes Chaffee County individuals for their exceptional service and unwavering dedication to our Boys and Girls Clubs kids and mission.
2014 Robert Crowther
2015 Mike McGovern, Christine DeChristopher
2016 Art Gentile
BGCCC Historical Highlights
2005 Salida Club opens in the former St. Joseph’s Community Center
2006 Reh Vanatta and John Office recognized as our first Youth of the Year
2006 Buena Vista Club opens at Avery Parsons Elementary
2009 Annual Club membership reaches 500
2010 Salida Club extends hours to 9 p.m. for Teen Program
2012 Salida Club responds to need and opens for full-day Friday programming
2013 Salida Club receives federal funding for Free Summer Lunch program ~ Amica’s restaurant serves up award-winning meals
2014 Buena Vista school district invites Club to move into the former preschool building
2014 Club receives largest operating grant from El Pomar Foundation
2015 Our 500th volunteer signs up to help our kids
2015 Buena Vista Club receives federal funding for the Free Summer Lunch program ~ Eddyline Restaurant provides healthy meals ~ both Clubs combined serve 6,120 lunches and 24,000+ snacks
2016 Denver Broncos and El Pomar Foundation bring together Super Bowl Champion players, cheerleaders and mascot and the Chaffee County Boys and Girls Clubs for a members-only training camp
2016 Clubs pass 5,000 members served
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County cannot enable and inspire hundreds of kids each year without help. The BGCCC partners and collaborates with the best organizations in our county. Together we encourage our kids to realize their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.
Below are the partners who help us help our kids.
The Salida School District, the Buena Vista School District, Salida Montessori School, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Salida Circus, Family and Youth Initiatives, The Alliance Against Domestic Abuse, Trout Unlimited, Paws for Reading, Guidestone, Symphonic Salida, Salida Recreation, Buena Vista Recreation, The Optimists Club, Chaffee County Public Health, Chaffee County Mentors