Better Together: A Message from Our President & CEO

Better Together: A Message from Our President & CEO

It is hard to believe how much has changed in two short weeks – social distancing is the “new” normal, friends are meeting through Zoom, downtown areas are empty, and schools are closed early. Yet at the same time, I find so much has remained the same, and I’ve been moved to see the ways our communities are pulling together more than ever to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. I see new and inventive ways businesses are catering to their customers. I witness people across Northwest Indiana painting windows and displaying hearts in an inspiring act of community spirit that reminds us all of the joy life still brings.

My team has been reaching out to you – the very people and businesses that have taken care of us and our Clubs. I am amazed by your stories. I am humbled by your trust in sharing your fears, and, most of all, I appreciate how each of you said you still support our Clubs and our kids, whether you are doing this now or saying you will again in the near future. What you are really saying is how much you care about our youth and communities. Thank you!

While I could give you updates about what our organization is doing right now for our Club members and their families, this week I really just want to focus on YOU and extend our Boys & Girls Clubs hands. As you have been there for our Clubs and kids, we in turn are here for you. Please let me know if there is anything Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana can do to help you during this trying time.

Thank you for continuing to give – whether it is through your time, treasure or talent – because it ALL makes a positive difference. And thank you for being part of our Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana family because together we can withstand any challenge thrown our way and come out stronger in the end.

Thank you – and I wish you, your families, co-workers and/or your employees continued health and safety.

With gratitude,

Ryan Smiley
President and CEO