As work continues on the 35,000-square-foot expansion of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, the organization is engaging in fundraising to ensure it has the finances to complete the new wing and furnish it.
The center is still $600,000 short of the funds it needs to complete the $10 million expansion, even as the steel frame of the new wing rises next to the Boys and Girls Club building at 110-04 Atlantic Avenue.
Nancy Dicroce, a member of the Jamaica Hospital Ambulatory Care Center Board of Directors, is helping with the fundraising and has reached out to doctors at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and merchants along Liberty Avenue. Letters from Dicroce and Carol Simon, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, went out to the doctors and merchants on Sept. 13.
The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens serves youths in South Queens, Jamaica, Glendale and even parts of Brooklyn close to the Queens border. Many of the kids who take part in club activities are from poor families and single-parent households. More than 1,200 children are served by the center, which offers free after school homework, tutoring and job-training services, as well as athletic programs and fine arts.
“This is a great resource for the community,” Dicroce said. “I really feel that the children are the future and we need to make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed.”
She added that she hoped each doctor at Jamaica Hospital would pitch in.
“If each doctor gave me $30, that would raise $12,000,” she noted.
The organization is offering to have plaques placed in the new building dedicated to donors who give $1,000 and bricks for those donating at least $100. Also, donors who give $5,000 for more will have naming rights to a new room in the center.
The club has received $250,000 from the New York Mets and $50,000 from JC Penney, but that isn’t included in the $600,000 it needs.
The expansion, due to be completed in February, 2014, will have a full-size gymnasium, a learning center, a preteen center, teen cafe, a fitness room, a technology center and an outdoor play area. New executive offices will also be housed in the new structure. Ground broke on the structure in 2011.
Prospective donors may contact Simon at (718) 441-6058.
Dicroce also praised Simon for her leadership through the expansion.
“She has done real great work there and continues to,” she said.