North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Clubs

Bob Kreamer, Executive Director of the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Clubs, joined us for our weekly virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Bob is the head of these 3 clubs and has been with the clubs for 33 years in various capacities.  In our area, we have 3 local Boys and Girls Clubs:  North Penn, Indian Valley (in Souderton), and Wissahickon Valley (in Whitpain Township and is a more recent addition).  The first local club was founded 54 years ago by 6 dads who had a total of 22 kids and felt that there was a need to serve young boys/girls who were less advantaged financially, academically and socially.

 

They now operate on a $1.9M annual budget (in 2020) and provide after school programs to help with homework as well as "grab and go" food/meals currently for all school aged kids (not in school due to Covid)... no questions asked or proof of club membership required on the latter.  They are also sending out grocery store gift cards to families in need.

 

The clubs of course have now grown to 3,600+ boys/girls (between ages 6-18 years).  Membership is $20/annually but the majority of their funding comes from community support and individual donations.  Summer camp has always been available except sadly for this summer due to Covid-19.