Boys & Girls Clubs begins renovation of main club

OCEANSIDE — Since 1952, Boys & Girls Clubs has worked to get Oceanside youngsters, primarily from low-income families, off the streets and out of trouble by engaging them with constructive academics and activities.The club now hopes to renovate the Townsite Club at 401 County Club Lane in Oceanside, hopefully in time for camp programs this summer.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside has always provided a safe, fun and constructive environment for all youngsters to spend time during non-school hours,” said Chief Executive Officer Tammy Walz. “Everyone knows us for our fun after-school activities, but what is even more exciting is the hundreds of youngsters coming to us for tutoring, technology training and other skills to conquer college or a career.”

The 40-year-old Townsite location needs a serious overhaul and renovations are underway, but the club is asking the North County community for financial help.

“We aren’t asking for an elaborate facility, but we need the community’s support to rebuild the Townsite Club in time for summer camp and for many years to come,” said Walz.

Key renovations to the Townsite Club include:

— Upgrading electrical infrastructure to support computer, tutoring, digital media and robotics programs.

— Adding bathrooms for staff.

— ADA compliance required by code and needed by our disabled youngsters.

— Kitchen upgrades that allow for cooking (and healthy eating) programs.

— Awnings to protect children and staff from the summer sun

— Heating and insulation during the winter months.

— Outdoor lighting for security.

So far the Townsite renovation has a brand new Interactive Media Room, donated by DEI Holdings Inc., renovated in October 2010. The room features several of the newest interactive technologies and games to encourage exercise and combat childhood obesity. The exterior of the building was repainted thanks to a donation by Jim Baird, a painter and Boys & Girls Club alum. Erickson-Hall Construction Company is the builder and Groth Architects, Inc. is the architect.

Now, Boys & Girls Club is seeking $650,000 to cover these renovation costs. Opportunities include:

— Becoming a major sponsor with all the promotional benefits.

— Room and equipment dedications are available at several gift levels and include significant recognition.

— Families can “Buy a Brick” as a legacy that builds the whole community.

The club accept checks, cash and money order donations, and all gifts are tax deductible (Tax ID 95-1744805). Contact Walz at (760) 433-8920 for more information on how to give.



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