Below are tools and resources to provide assistance for Associations and Firms to get involved with their local Boys & Girls Club (BGCA). Doing so provides volunteer resources to a valuable organization within your community, while also fulfilling the Community Outreach requirement for Association’s Core Standards (specifically under “Investing in Your Community”).
Getting involved with your local Boys & Girls Club is as simple as making a phone call to your local Club to see how your Association and members, or firm and agents, can help. See below for how to get started:
1. Find your local BGCA Club and give them a call
2. Work with your local Club to determine how your Association and members, or firm and agents, can get involved
Use this toolkit (PDF: 1022 KB) to help you get started!
What kind of volunteer opportunities are available? Below are some examples of ways Associations have got involved with their local Clubs:
a) Plan a clean-up day – offer to paint the Club, provide landscaping services
b) Sponsor a backpack drive to collect school supplies
c) Volunteer to make healthy snacks
d) Plan a holiday-themed event, like "Cookies with Santa" or a Halloween party, and invite local Club Kids for a day of arts and crafts, snacks, and holiday fun
e) Host a career day to help teenagers learn how to dress for the job, how to interview, how to negotiate a salary, etc.
For more inspiration, check out the success stories from Associations and members already supporting local Clubs!
3. Use marketing materials to get your members involved
Web banners (click to view/download):
- Sample press release announcement (DOC: 18 KB)
- Digital video
- This PowerPoint presentation (PPT: 5.79 MB) can be customized to include your Association’s or firm's logo and whatever local information you deem necessary. Use it when presenting to your leadership and members.
- These FAQs (DOC: 70 KB) will help answer some of the most commonly asked questions. Learn more about the new partnership between NAR and BGCA and find out how your Association or firm can get involved with a local Club in your community by downloading the NAR & BGCA webinar (Jan. 6, 2016).
- Photos for download. Use these photos in your marketing efforts:
Photo Use Statement:
Maintaining the integrity of our images involving Club kids is essential to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and our mission. Please do not alter any of the images without permission from BGCA. The above photos can be used in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS® on marketing material such as brochures, banners, posters, flyers, web site, etc. The individuals in the photographs have signed the BGCA photography release form that allows its partners, including National Association of REALTORS®, to respectfully and thoughtfully use the photos on marketing material. For questions or additional inquiries, please contact Patrick Martin, Creative Services Director for BGCA, 404-487-5862 and email@example.com.
4. Fulfill Core Standards
Local, state, and territorial associations of REALTORS®, as a condition of membership in the National Association of REALTORS®, must meet NAR’s Organizational Alignment Core Standards. By your Association volunteering with the BGCA, you fulfill the following Core Standard requirement: By working with your local Boys & Girls Club to arrange volunteer resources, your Association will fulfill the community outreach initiative of investing in your community.
Section III - CONSUMER OUTREACH
A. Core Standard: Every association will engage in not less than four meaningful consumer engagement activities annually, reflected by:
(i) Being the “Voice for Real Estate” - promoting market statistics and/or real estate trends and issues (e.g., release through press releases, interviews, etc. of MLS statistics, local market statistics, NAR research reports, local/state analysis of NAR statistics, etc.);
(ii) Community involvement - promoting the value proposition of using a REALTOR® and/or engaging in community activities which enhance the image of the REALTOR®;
(iii) Advocacy efforts - engaging the public in legislative/political issues that impact real estate and related issues; and
(iv) Community investment – Organizing human resources (i.e., assisting in a Habitat for Humanity build, etc.) or fundraising for the benefit of charitable/community organizations.
5. Let BGCA know if you or any of your members are a BGCA alumni
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has established a BGCA Alumni & Friends Club to connect with past and present Club Kids! Use the resources below to communicate to your members about the BGCA Alumni & Friends Club and, if they are former Club Kids, encourage them to join.
BGCA Is Accepting Online Donations
If you or your Association or firm would like to make a monetary contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, you can do so by clicking the button below. Please note that making a monetary donation does not meet your Community Outreach requirements, but does make a difference in the lives of your local Club Kids. By making an online donation through this site, NAR and BGCA will be able to track your Association’s contribution to your local Club.
Donations that exceed $1,000, from an individual member or money collected via a fundraiser, should be made through the national BGCA organization and not handed directly to the local Club. Prior to making your donation, contact NAR at firstname.lastname@example.org AND Beatrice Woody, National Director of Account Strategy and Development at BGCA, at email@example.com. We will make sure your donation is properly distributed to the Club of your choice through the appropriate channels.
*Please note: This is the current donation process and may change at any time.