Supply drive results in donation for Boys and Girls Clubs

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Thanks to a supply drive that was held in August, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia has gotten more than $4,000 in supplies and monetary donations.

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS, or CAAR, Young Professionals Network and the Charlottesville community joined forces to support the clubs's programs and activities, including those involving science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields.

"In just a few months, the Young Professionals Network at CAAR was able to conceptualize and implement a supply drive that now benefits kids at all six of our area Boys and Girls Clubs," said James Pierce, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. "The CAAR YPN put out the call and the community responded with over $4,000 in much-needed supplies for our kids and donations that go straight to our after-school programs."

"Our quest for the 'All Hands In' supply drive began after we learned that there are over 2,000 children that attend the six Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia on a daily basis, often for four hours a day during the school year and up to ten hours a day during the summer," said CAAR YPN Chair Amanda LeMon. "School supplies and necessities are needed year-round, and we wanted to do all we could to help."

The partnership between CAAR YPN and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia began shortly after the National Association of REALTORS announced it was joining forces with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America earlier this year.

The Virginia Association of REALTORS helped foster the local relationship and get the supply drive going with a $1,000 Community Investment Grant.

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