A Letter From Our Executive Director
The 2022 year for the Boys & Girls Club of Wooster was big. It started in February with a chance to receive grant money for us to expand into the elementary schools. In February, the Board sat down with our staff as the expansion was discussed and a plan created. That night, we decided that we would move forward if we secured the money. In May, we received word from the Ohio Alliance of the Boys & Girls Club that we were awarded $240,000. Over the summer, we began talking with the Wooster School District and the administration at Parkview Elementary about starting the fall of the 22/23 school year with the Boys & Girls Club. In August, we hired an Elementary Site Director and acquired admin office space; giving us a presence downtown for the first time. We kicked off the school year with three sites serving the community: BGCW Parkview, BGCW Edgewood, and BGCW Teen Center. As the school year progressed, the need for more admin and program staff was glaringly apparent. When we started in 2022, we had around ten staff members; we currently have 24 with gaps still to fill. Our projection for 2023 is to hire at least eight more staff. As we end the 2022 year and see the growth, we are fully aware that the next few years will be even more significant as we hope to be in all four Wooster elementary schools by the start of 2025. We want to thank you for all the support you have shown us. We would have not gotten to this point without you. I hope you continue the journey with us as we increase the number of kids we can serve, impact, and make a difference.
Jon Hutchison, Executive Director
Mission Impact & Financial Highlights
Wooster Club Locations
Parkview Elementary School
Including both school year programs and summer camp
Asian 4.4% Hispanic 6.7%
Female 44% Youth 12 & Under 55%
Edgewood Middle School
42,080 Meals Served
Single Parent Homes 43%
Demonstrating Positive Impact The Need
12% of Wooster seniors fail to1 graduate on time
92% of our teen Club
members, expect to graduate high school and
What We Do We strive to have all of our Club members graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment.
64% expect to complete some kind of postsecondary education.
The teen population is one of the most vulnerable in our country because of all of the challenges that they face. Now more than ever, it’s truly critical to create positive interactions with caring mentors and opportunities that will help shape their future.
15% of youth 18 yrs old and
under are overweight in 2 the State of Ohio
What We Do
Engage members in adopting a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
79% of Club members ages 9
and older report getting at least an hour of physical activity on five or more days per week.
meals/snacks served to Club kids in 2022
Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of regular access to nutritional food for an active and healthy life. Feeding America estimates that the food insecurity rate in Wayne County is 12.7% of the total population. 3 The child food insecurity rate is 15.5%, 4,400 children.
The safe, supervised and affordable after-school program at BGCW enables parents to continue to be productive members of the local economy. Every time a parent is able to keep their job as a result of 4 BGCW, an average $29,675 in income is generated in the community.
Every day 846,248 kids in Ohio 5 leave school with nowhere to go.
What We Do We create a safe environment with structured programming, well trained staff and an average staff to member ratio of
of our parents surveyed state the reason their child attends Club is "It's a safe place for them to go while I'm working"
"I’d be lost without the Boys & Girls Club! They help me and give so much love & support to my daughter"
"Club gives my child a place to develop relationships and opportunities to develop social skills and opportunities to be mentored"
"It has been amazing! As a single working mom, I balance a lot. The Club really helps!"
Roadmap of Success The concept of bringing a Boys and Girls Club to Wooster started in early 2012. The discussion began with Mike Mann, John Moritz, Jim Robertson, and Chuck Cooper who are all retired educators of the Wooster City Schools.
For two years Mike, Jim and Chuck met with John every Wednesday in his basement to discuss and make plans for starting the Club.
BGCW opened our doors in January of 2014 at Edgewood Middle School. In just two years the program grew to over 275 members and averaged around 60 kids each day in our after school program.
Construction began in June of 2016 for the Edgewood addition and was completed in January 2017
BGCW Admin Offices opened in October 2022 The next few years will be even more significant as we hope to be in all four Wooster elementary schools by the start of 2025... BGCW Teen Center opened in September 2018
BGCW at Parkview Elementary opened in August 2022
Hours Spent on Homework
Number of Community Partnerships
Total Board Members
Number of Single Parent Households
79% Members feel Club is a safe, positive environment
90% Believe the adults at Club care about them
89% Feel there is a staff member who always encourages them to do their best
Who We Are Board Members
Andy Badertscher Susan Meade Julie Ertl Steve Shapiro Amy Bell Drew Paul
Brad Gowins Bobbi Douglas Jill Hartman Barb Knapic Dave Reynolds Sue Smail Mike Olsen
Community Partners Viola Startzman Buffalo Wild Wings E&H Hardware Wayne Center for the Arts Old Navy Goodwill OneEighty, Inc
Dunkin OSU - SNAP Meatheads Union McDonalds The Greenhouse Shoppe Planet Fitness City Square Steakhouse
Our Generous Donors Advocate United Titanium Seaman Corporation
United Way Gessner Foundation
Champion 3i Solutions
Patrons Buffalo Wild Wings GRT Utilicorp, Inc Frank & Linda Cebul Trust Wooster Elks D+S Distribution Ralph & Grace Jones Foundation Wayne Insurance Group Jeffrey Musselman, Esq. Dr. Richard Ransom
Don & Sue Redman Bala Venkataraman Arun & Susan Mathur Tod & Pat Carmony Julie Mennes MCTV David Spector United Methodist Church of Wooster
How you can help
Individual Opportunities As little as one hour per week can have a very real impact on the life of a child. Each Club offers opportunities to work directly with youth as mentors, tutors and teachers. If you have a special talent you'd like to share, just let us know. The time of greatest need for intentional, regular volunteers is during the middle-late afternoon hours
Group/Corporate Opportunities We also welcome corporations and other organizations seeking one-day, project-based volunteer opportunities. Short-term projects and single event opportunities do occationally arise. So, if you are unable to make a longterm commitment, you can still get involved.
At BGCW, we are proud of our excellent reputation as a safe haven for youth. Therefore, all volunteers must complete an application, pass a background check and read the volunteer handbook prior to being oriented and participating.
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124 North Walnut St Wooster, Ohio 44691 1: Source: 2020-2021 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), OH Dept. of Education 2: Source: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/stateprograms/fundedstates/pdf/ohio-state-profile.pdf 3: Source: https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/hunger-wayne-county 4: Source: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/woostercityohio/ 5: Source: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/CSA-fact-sheets/AA_CSA_OH.pdf