Board members of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst are currently recruiting twelve “Power of 12” members each to kick off a new fundraising program for the club.
“Through the ‘Power of 12’ we believe that every one of us can have a significant impact on the financial stability of our club,”
said Rima Runtzel, president of the board. “When each of our seven board members commits to giving just $12 per month and recruiting 12 additional people to do the same, we will quickly reach our goal of 1,200 supporters giving $12 per month for 12 months.”
Runtzel said that when the goal is attained, the club’s financial obligations will be met every month and additional money from fundraising can be used for facility improvement and additional staffing.
“When 300 ‘Power of 12’ members have committed and sustained their membership for at least six months, we will be able to reduce the current club membership fee from $40 to $20 per month. When the goal of 1200 members is met, the fees can return to $10 per member per year.
The deadline for becoming a founding member of this group is June 12. Members will be recognized on the club’s website and on signage at the facility.
“We have some great ideas for expanding this program after the initial push. We plan to get the kids involved be creating a contest in which kids get points for those they bring in to the Power of 12. The kid with the most points at the end of a given period would be awarded a grand prize to be donated by a sponsoring business,” said Runtzel. “We would also like to provide members with a local discount card, valid at various businesses, in the future.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst as a dba of Mountain Area Youth Organization is exempt from federal income tax and contributions are tax deductible.