Iberia Foundation Kicks Off Boys & Girls Club Campaign with Match

The Iberia Foundation met with the Boys & Girls Club’s local advisory members and staff to present a $15,000 match to help kick start their expansion campaign.

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 2:31 PM

New Iberia, La—The Iberia Foundation, an Affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana, met with the Boys & Girls Club’s local advisory members and staff to present a $15,000 match to help kick start their expansion campaign. The campaign will provide support for the existing Iberia Boys & Girls Club as well as expansion to provide youth services at Westend Park.

Earlier this year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana and Mayor Decourt, met to discuss the growing need for youth development services in the area. A partnership was formed with the City of New Iberia to expand the Club’s reach. Additionally, a local advisory committee of community members was created to bring awareness and support to the organization.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand our services to reach more kids in Iberia Parish, and we appreciate the support of the Iberia Foundation. The $15,000 match gives the community an opportunity to make a direct impact in the lives of our youth. Sustainability is critically important to the success of this project for our youth, so the Local Advisory Committee is working to secure a year's worth of funding before opening the operation.” - Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana President & CEO Rhyan Wheeler

The Iberia Boys & Girls Club serves kids ages 6-18 each day afterschool, providing them with a safe place, positive mentors, and quality programming in 3 core areas (Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Habits & Good Character and Citizenship).

The Iberia Foundation was established in 2007 and was the first affiliate fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana. Since inception in 2007, the Iberia Foundation has granted more than $588,000 to benefit Iberia Parish nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools.

“The Iberia Foundation is excited to grant a $15,000 matching challenge to the Iberia Boys and Girls Club, which will help the organization build a second club in New Iberia. This grant is a kick-off to their capital campaign for their new facility in New Iberia. The Iberia Boys and Girls Club is doing good things for the youth in our parish today, and we will continue to see their positive impact on Iberia Parish well into the future.

The Iberia Foundation Advisory Board will continue to support organizations, like the Iberia Boys and Girls Club, that are making significant impacts and helping make Iberia Parish a better place to live.” – Angela Cestia, Iberia Foundation Chair

This Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana operates in 6 locations including (2) Lafayette, New Iberia, Abbeville, Opelousas, and Lake Charles. Expansions in New Iberia and Natchitoches will bring the organizations footprint to 8 Clubs serving thousands of youth in South and Central Louisiana.

Interested in making a match donation, visit www.bgcacadiana.com/donate and select the Iberia Campaign, or contact Rhyan Wheeler, CEO, rwheeler@bgcacadiana.com or 337-268-9555.

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