About Us

Our Mission 

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 & 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 800+ kids annually and provide ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, offer life-enhancing programs and foster a sense of community, hope and opportunity.

Check out our latest Impact Report.

Club Hero Award

The Club Hero Award recognizes Chaffee County individuals for their exceptional service and unwavering dedication to our Boys & Girls Clubs kids and mission.

Club Heroes Harry Brull & Myra Barrett at 2018 Casino Night
Our Club Heroes!

2014  Robert Crowther
2015  Mike McGovern, Christine DeChristopher
2016  Art Gentile, Karen Dils
2017  Charlie Forster, Wendell & Janine Pryor
2018  Harry Brull & Myra Barrett, Greg & Dale Kettering
2019  Irv & Gloria Broudy, Don Taylor
2020  Jack Lee & Scott Erchul
2021  Oren Dreeben & Sandy Boyd

BGCCC Historical Highlights

2005 Salida Club opens in the former St. Joseph’s Community Center.
         Reh Vanatta and John Office recognized as our first Youths 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 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.
         Our Clubs receive their largest operating grant from El Pomar Foundation.

2015 Our 500th volunteer signs up to help our kids.
         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 The Denver Broncos and El Pomar Foundation bring together Super Bowl Champion players, cheerleaders and mascot and the 
         Chaffee County Boys  & Girls Clubs for a members-only training camp.
         The Clubs pass 5,000 members served.

2018 6,674 youths served.
         Our doors are open 233 days, 1,408 hours this year!
         98% of members on track to graduate on time.
         Ranked #1 in overall for Club Experience in Colorado!

2020  Moved to new and larger location in Salida 
          (709 Palmer St.)

Partner Organizations

The Boys & 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 partner organizations that 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 (FYI), The Alliance, Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Paws for Reading, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Guidestone, Symphonic Salida, Salida Recreation, Buena Vista Recreation, the Optimist Club, the Rotary Clubs, Chaffee County Public Health and Chaffee County Mentors.

Branch Director: Jennifer Wood
P: 719.395.7014
Email: jennifer@bgcchaffee.org
Branch Director: Kiki Lathrop
P: 719.539.9500
Email: Kiki@bgcchaffee.org
Executive Director: Brian Beaulieu
P.O. Box 1430, Salida, Colorado 81201
P: 719.539.9500 / Email: director@bgcchaffee.org

Photos by Phreckles Photography