Defining Moments 2021


Produced April 2022

Defining Moment

[də'fīniNG 'mōmənt] A short experience that is both memorable and meaningful.


our mission To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.



Spring in our region brings a time of great renewal, hope, and opportunity. We are lucky to live in a locale that hosts 4 distinct seasons with a rhythm and a cadence signaling the expectation of great things to come. At Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA, spring signals the push towards the end of the school year. Students are preparing for the final 9 weeks, SOL tests are on the horizon, and graduations are being planned. Our goal this time of year is to ensure that every youth who needs us has access to tutors, mentors, and the trusted adult support that will help get them to the finish line. that matter

A McKinsey study has reported that students nationally are 6-8 months behind in learning due to the interruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. This number grows for students who are living in poverty. “All told, we estimate that the average K–12 student in the United States could lose $61,000 to $82,000 in lifetime earnings (in constant 2020 dollars), or the equivalent of a year of full-time work, solely as a result of COVID-19– related learning losses. These costs are significant.” The hard truth is that the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the futures of this generation’s schoolchildren may not be truly realized for years to come. At Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA, we are committed to ensuring that the kids who need us most aren’t left even further behind, or worse, forgotten. With your support, we can continue to serve our youth who need us most and work to minimize the correlation between income level and learning loss. Your partnership enables us to make summer not only fun, but practical, helping youth catch up academically and socially. Your belief in the value of our youth and the importance of our investment in them creates the opportunities our youth need to not only survive, but to thrive.

Thank you for your belief in us, and your belief in our kids. Your partnership is critical to achieving our mission!

Serving Youth,

Michelle Davis, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA

Dorn et al. “COVID-19 and student learning in the United States: The hurt could last a lifetime.” McKinsey & Company, 1 June 2020,

We recognize our 2021 Board of Directors for their strategic leadership and significant contributions.

BOARD CHAIR A. Damon Williams First Citizens Bank

TREASURER Chris Banta Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP

SECRETARY Jeff Merritt Cox Communications

Jim Barker Delta Dental of Virginia

Troy Jamison JCI

Vic Bradley * American National Bank and Trust

Scott Jenkins Farm Bureau Bank

Carie Kingery Freedom First

Kimberly Butterfield * Carilion Clinic

Jean Mumm Gentry Locke

Bertram Daniels US Cellular

Adam Peters FocusOne

Walt Derey Pitman Construction

Liz Quintana Roanoke Planning, Building, & Development

Archie Freeman, III Roanoke City Public Schools

Ed Hall * Hall Associates

Jonathan Richardson Pinnacle Financial Partners

Donald Halliwill Carilion Clinic

Frank Rogan Consultant

Robbie Hebert Lab Sports Performance

Elaine Roop * Community Volunteer

Matt Hill Scott Insurance

Julie Beth Vipperman Indiana University Foundation

Nicole Ingle * Woods Rogers PLC

Carl York Acuity Marketing and Consulting

* Final year of board service in 2021.

Dear Friends of the Club,

As I reflect on this past year and my role as Board Chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia, I am drawn to the ancient proverb that states, "It takes a village to raise a child." When I think about the continued COVID-19-related challenges families in our region faced in 2021, I am tremendously grateful that this organization exists to be a partner alongside the parents who entrust their young people in the care of our Club staff each weekday. Our growth in Club sites allowed us to extend our partnership reach, filling the gap between school and home and ensuring that Southwest Virginia’s youth are provided the resources and experiences needed to thrive.

I have the privilege of serving alongside a dedicated and generous group of board members who care passionately about our mission. I have witnessed numerous corporate donors support our annual events through sponsorship and answer the call for in-kind donations to fulfill certain needs, alleviating strain on our operational budget. I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about the individual donors who deeply understand the significance of every Club moment that each donated dollar has the power to create. Your support provides opportunities for all, promotes health and well-being, builds hope, delivers mentorship to tomorrow’s leaders, and inspires bright moments that lead to the great futures of our local children. Thank you for being part of our village.


A. Damon Williams 2021 Chair, BGCSWVA Board of Directors Regional CRA Officer, First Citizens Bank


OUR FOOTPRINT in Southwest Virginia A significant milestone of 2021 was our expansion in service area to Roanoke County and Salem City. In total,

we grew from 7 to 11 club sites , allowing us to reach more youth with our mission and our message. We strive to ensure that young people in Southwest Virginia, especially those who need us most, have what it takes to be the best version of themselves, regardless of their zip code or background.

6 3 1 1 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLUB SITES MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB SITES HIGH SCHOOL CLUB SITE K–12 TH GRADE CLUB SITE $786,000 per year FOR 3 YEARS Virginia Department of Education 21st Century Grant made this expansion possible

CHRISTIANSBURG: Christiansburg Middle School ELLISTON: Eastern Montgomery Elementary School Eastern Montgomery High School SHAWSVILLE: Shawsville Middle School

ROANOKE: Burlington Elementary School Roanoke City: 9th Street VINTON: Vinton Baptist Church serving Herman L. Horn & W.E. Cundiff Elementary Schools SALEM: Andrew Lewis Middle School East Salem Elementary serving East Salem & G.W. Carver Elementary Schools

“School shutdowns during COVID-19 necessitated strong partnerships with our local school districts like Roanoke County to get kids back to school and parents back to work. We are proud to continue our partnership with Roanoke County, and form a new collaboration with Salem City Schools, to provide accessible after-school and summer care for more kids in our region.” — Rebekah Meadows Senior Director of Programming, BGCSWVA

“We are very grateful to Boys & Girls Clubs for finding a solution to meet the after-school needs of students and families served by these three elementary schools. These new programs will make a real difference in the lives of these students and families and support their academic and social-emotional learning.” — Dr. Kenneth Nicely Superintendent, Roanoke County Schools

ROCKY MOUNT: Lee M. Waid Elementary School Rocky Mount Elementary School

“The Salem City School Division is excited to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia to create an active after-school learning environment for more of our students. This free program will support academic, physical, social, and emotional growth and development for students and support families by providing after school care and meals. We have no doubt that this program will help our school division ensure higher levels of growth and achievement for our students while providing a service to our community.” — Dr. Curtis Hicks Superintendent, Salem City Schools

REAL MOMENTS. Real Impact.

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I am the type of person who shuts down and keeps emotions inside. Finding my voice was hard for me at first. I appreciate the staff who is always available to helpme. Quarantine was hard and my grades started to slip. I came to Boys & Girls Club during the school day and my Club mentor helped me bring my grades back up. I passed the year with A/B honor roll. Boys & Girls Club is important because, when I come here, I feel that I have done something productivewithmy day. The staff helpedme findmy group of friends, bemore open, and discover who I am as a person.

— Lily, Grade 7


of Club teens expect to graduate high school 90 %

CLUB EXPERIENCE is one in which rs feel safe both physically and emotionally, fun, receive support and recognition from adults who set expectations for them, and feel a sense of belonging.

1,115 Total Youth Served

My favorite thing about Boys & Girls Club is the people and sense of community it provides. The staff have always been supportive of me and are fun to be around. Boys & Girls Club is where I first felt like I was being heard. The Club mentors teach us how to be independent and think for ourselves. We also do a lot of team-building activities and community service. A big part of the Club Experience is gaining confidence in ourselves and also understanding the importance of helping others.

— Ashton, Grade 10



Minority races or ethnicities 46%

Sites that served as Virtual Learning Centers or adjusted schedules to accommodate school closures

40% Youth who volunteer at the Club at least once per month

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I came to Boys &Girls Club in first grade. It’s a lot of fun here. Almost everyone is my friend. It makes me feel good and safe knowing there is a place where everyone likes me. The staff – they’re all heroes. I hope one day I can be a staff member here too so that I help people and watch kids grow up. Well, after I play in the NFL for a while. That would be a good future for me.

— Xaveon, Grade 4


63% Live in single parent households


27% Teens who volunteer

qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch

in the community at least once per month

67% or younger

During Covid, I still had to work. I’m a single mom. I would’ve had no choice but to leave my 6th-grader home alone all day. Luckily, the Virtual Academy program at Boys & Girls Club saved me from stress and worry. My daughter was able to be in a safe place with a structured environment and caring staff. During her time as a Club member, my daughter has developed into an outgoing and independent young lady. She is on the path toward a successful future.

33% Teens

— Summer, Club Parent


2 Planned Gifts

GENEROSITY by the numbers

81 In-Kind Donations



Civic Group/ Organization



18 Monthly Donors $



Blue Door Donor Circle members spread their generosity throughout the year through monthly giving, meeting the needs of our Club members today…and well into the future.









Roanoke Valley Gives Day raised $28,295

Delta Dental Pro Am raised $79,125

Four on the 4th raised $18,483

The Power of Moments Experience raised $132,541

500 Gifts purchased and delivered to every Club member at holiday parties, thanks to those who generously supported this effort.






PARTNERSHIP and Program Highlights


Studies have shown the physical and cognitive benefits that two wheels can bring: increased cardiovascular fitness, stronger bones and muscles, better focus, and greater self-confidence. But lack of access, both to safe paths and to bikes themselves, often prevents kids from reaping those benefits. As CEO of BGCSWVA, Michelle Davis has seen the power of cycling first-hand. One Club member became such a skilled rider that he started going to competitions around the state. When he struggled with virtual schooling during the pandemic, his father made biking an incentive to get him to buckle down on his schoolwork. Now he’s getting As and Bs. In 2018, groups in our region such as Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists and the Roanoke Outside Foundation (ROF) hosted a successful crowdfunding campaign to build a begin ner loop trail in Morningside Park, next door to the Boys & Girls Club’s 9th Street location. The 1.25-mile trail filled a gap in Roanoke’s biking opportunities. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is helping with a recent $25,000 GET OUTDOORS GRANT to ROF for Phase 2 of the Morningside project, which includes the design and construction of additional trails with more challenging elements, where new riders can grow their skills. In 2021, the Carlo and Micol Schejola Foundation awarded BGCSWVA a generous $25,000 GRANT to purchase new mountain bikes for Club member use, in addition to a bike-storage facility, as part of the Pedal Up Mountain Biking Program. Participants who develop higher skills can win scholarships to join Roanoke’s Star City Cycling Club, a youth cycling organization.

InDecember, Fisher Financial Services, Inc. andMountainView Real Estate partnered on a successful Bikes4Kids Campaign, raising $20,000 from generous community members to purchase 101 bikes for Club kids who did not have a bike of their own. Now, Club members can grow their love of cycling and develop this lifelong skill both at the Club and at home.



Mike and Danielle Wise, founders of the Jim Barker Scholarship Fund, wanted to provide Boys & Girls Club youth with hope and a plan for their future after high school. Through their generous donation, Mike and Danielle set an example for our community, establishing an endowed scholarship fund that would pay for post-high school educational needs for Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA alumni in perpetuity. The Jim Barker Scholarship Fund is named after Jim Barker, CFO at Delta Dental of VA, BGCSWVA Board member, and Boys & Girls Club alumnus from the Bristol, VA Club. After losing his father at an early age, Jim credits Boys & Girls Club with “protecting his mother’s investment” in him while she was working to provide for their family. Boys & Girls Club youth can use these funds for 4-year college tuition, 2-year associates degrees, skills-based certificates, and other career-related educational needs after high school. The JBESF Committee has a goal of raising $1,000,000 in 10 years, which would provide over $39,000 in scholarship awards annually in perpetuity. In its first year, over $120,000 was raised.

In May of 2021, the first Jim Barker Educational Scholarship was awarded to Jack Graves, an Eastern Montgomery High School ’21 graduate who is finishing his freshman year at William & Mary.

To learn more about the Jim Barker Scholarship Fund, please visit .


FINANCIALS * *Unaudited figures for fiscal year ended December 31, 2021

Fundraising $98,117

FY21 EXPENSES $2,001,085

Program Services $1,548,502

Administrative $354,466

Membership Fees/ Program Dues $12,734

Restricted Grant Revenue $1,164,800


Unrestricted Grant Revenue $222,692


Community Support $956,398



This society provides national recognition to donors who make unrestricted annual campaign gifts of $10,000 or more. Jeremiah Milbank, the namesake of this society, exemplified a spirit of volunteerism, generosity, compassion, and action for those in need.

We celebrate the 5 donors who contributed to BGCSWVA at this donation level in 2021.

This national recognition group acknowledges the thoughtful individuals who have included a Boys & Girls Club in their will or estate plans.

"I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to give back to our community if we are able to do so. Making a planned gift is a way for me to ensure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia can continue to be a community asset, serving local young people who need us most, for years to come." - Ed Hall, Heritage Society member

To discuss membership in either of these giving societies, contact Director of Development Emily Pinkerton at


Thank you for your generous support ⁄ ! .

ROANOKE OFFICE: 1714 9th Street • SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 SHAWSVILLE OFFICE: Meadowbrook Community Center • 267 Alleghany Spring Road Suite 11B • Shawsville, VA 24162 (540) 904-7401 •

*Certain photos included in this publication were taken when mask mandates were not in effect. BGCSWVA carefully followed CDC guidelines and made every effort to ensure the safety of Club members in 2021.

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