PITTSFIELD — Greylock Federal Credit Union has donated $75,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires to fund its Triple Play and Meals program.
"We are grateful to Greylock for their generosity in helping us run this very important and effective program," said Chris Jacoby, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, in a prepared statement. "Greylock's support of the Triple Play and Meals program helps the Club in fulfilling its mission of assuring and enhancing the quality of life for youth by helping them realize their potential for growth, development, and leadership."
The donation will be made in $25,000 increments over three years.
Triple Play is a national health and wellness program incorporating three parts: Mind, Body and Soul. It challenges youth to be healthy and active by learning to eat nutritionally, to become physically fit, and to form positive social relationships.
In support of the fitness piece, there will be daily appropriate physical challenges, and opportunities for members to create their own challenges. Children will be educated about vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid, appropriate portion size, and will be encouraged to take charge of their own choices, according to the release.
The meals component of the program will provide nutritious dinners in a positive and supportive environment, five days a week at the club's "Light House Cafe."
There will be dinner presentations so meals can be teachable moments. Staff and volunteers will work with youth to develop dinner etiquette and manners, and help foster substantive discussions during dinner.
Discussion topics may be as simple as "What did you learn today?" or "What would you like to be when you grow up?" The donated funds from Greylock will help buy food for the program.
"Greylock is happy to partner with the Boys & Girls Club to sponsor the great work that will be done through the Triple Play and Meals program," said John L. Bissell, president and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union. "An important part of Greylock's mission is to engage with our community. We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Club in this effort that will do so much to improve the quality of young peoples' lives and the future of the Berkshires."
The Triple Play curriculum includes pre and post testing and will begin in September along with the meals component.
The primary mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to assure and enhance the quality of life for youth as participating members of a richly diverse urban society, according to the organization.
With emphasis on being socially and economically inclusive, the Boys & Girls Club helps youth to help themselves realize their potential for growth, development, and leadership.
It bases its programs on member and community involvement and plays a recognized role as an advocate for youth.
For information, call the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires at (413) 448-8258, or visit www. bgcberkshires.org.