EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) - The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley will lease space from the Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology (CFMIT), 21 East Grand Avenue in Chippewa Falls, to open the Chippewa Falls branch of the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. A steering committee comprised of business and community leaders from Chippewa Falls have been working over the past year to find the ideal location within the community to open the Chippewa Falls site. Over fifteen locations were considered before the steering committee made the recommendation of the CFMIT to the Boys & Girls Club Corporate Board for approval.
“The CFMIT is excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club. This will be a win, win partnership for both organizations. Our board has been working closely with the steering committee and are truly looking forward to the Boys and Girls Club opening here,” said Pam Cernocky, President of the CFMIT Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to see the Chippewa Falls Center becoming a reality. We are grateful for all of the community members in Chippewa Falls working to make this a reality. The CFMIT will be a great centralized location in Chippewa Falls for a Boys & Girls Club,” said Sara Antonson, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director.
Founded in 1906, Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers structured programming, activities and meals for youth ages 8 to 18. The five core programs are: Character & Leadership, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation and Education & Career. The organization’s mission is to provide a safe and positive place for families at a low cost. Today, 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs serve 5 million kids across the country.
Locally, the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley started in 2004 and oversees the Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire, as well as the Jackson County Center in Black River Falls. The Chippewa Falls Center will be the third organization under the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley.
The goal is to open the Chippewa Falls Center during the December holiday school break at the end of this year. The steering committee will now begin their fundraising campaign to secure funds and support for the organization.