Defining Moments 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


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