About Us

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 800+ 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.

Our Heroes!

2014  Robert Crowther
2015  Mike McGovern, Christine DeChristopher
2016  Art Gentile, Karen Dils
2017  Charlie Forster, Wendell & Janine Prior
2018  Harry Bruell & Myra Barrett, Greg & Dale Kettering
2019  Irv & Gloria Broudy, Don Taylor

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

2018  6,674 youths served

2018  Our doors are open 233 days, 1,408 hours this year!

2018  98% of members on track to graduate on time

2018  Ranked #1 in overall for Club Experience in Colorado!

Partner Organizations

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 partner organizations 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, Trout Unlimited, Paws for Reading, Peak to Peak Pickleball Club, Guidestone, Symphonic Salida, Salida Recreation, Buena Vista Recreation, The Optimists Club, The Rotary Clubs, Chaffee County Public Health, Chaffee County Mentors

For a list of our hundreds of LOCAL business sponsors, go here!

Branch Director: Jennifer Wood
P: 719.395.7014
Email: jennifer@bgcchaffee.org
Branch Director: Tessie Ortega
P: 719.539.9500
Email: Tessie@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