Ron Hadorn is the president of the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. For more than a century, Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Nearly 4,000 Clubs serve some 4.1 million young people through membership and community outreach.
What is the Boys and Girls Club and its mission?
Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. Clubs throughout the country offer ongoing relationships with caring, adult professions, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Why is volunteerism important and how does it help your organization reach its goals?
Boys & Girls Club were built on the mission that any youth should be able to attend our programs and membership costs are kept low or non-existent. Clubs often need the in-kind support of volunteers to ensure are doors open each and every day for kids who need us most.
What makes a successful volunteer?
Because of the different needs of a Boys & Girls Club, a successful volunteer only needs to believe in our mission and want to help in some way. We can find a use for any skill set.
How can volunteers get involved?
There are numerous ways to get involved. Volunteers can help through programming (e.g. tutoring and/or mentoring), fundraising (e.g. helping with events) or administratively (e.g. technology infrastructure, etc). Here in New England, one of our favorite initiatives is the Science of Sports where Raytheon employees act as science fair mentors to middle school students to instill a passion for math and science through the lens of sports in partnership with the New England Patriots.