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Top 10 Reasons to Give

There are countless reasons to give this holiday season! We reached out to learn what the Clubs mean to our members, staff and volunteers, and their top reasons for why YOU should give to Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro.

Here are the Top 10 reasons why YOU should make a charitable donation to the Clubs, directly from our members, staff and volunteers!

  1. “It is important that people understand that when they donate to BGCP, they aren’t giving to an organization, they are giving to kids, our communities. We locate our clubs in the communities that need them the most, many of these kids come from broken homes. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland serves as a valuable resource for countless youth in the Portland area.”
    – Roberto Bermejo,  Site Director & Director of Youth Programs at Inukai Family Club
  2. “I owe a lot to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Specifically, it gave me a safe place to go, it was a place where I was able to learn, and it was first chance to play organized sports. I will always support the Boys and Girls Clubs because of the profound impact that it has had on my life and the lives of my children.”
    – Alex Molden, Former NFL DB and current volunteer
  3. “I have worked with a lot of youth development organizations, what’s special about the Boys & Girls Clubs is that we are able to build a relationship with a kid and maintain that relationship with them from age 6 all the way through their high school graduations. What we do is special, and we do it on a scale that I don’t think is replicated at many other non-profits.”
    – Sean Bascom, Director of Youth Programs at Blazers Club
  4. “The Boys & Girls Clubs have given me hope. Because of the Boys & Girls Clubs, I’m motivated to not just go straight home after school by myself. Instead I get to interact with my friends and just have fun! It’s a great resource in my life and I know lots of other kids who feel the same way.”
    – Johnathan, teen member at Rockwood Club
  5. “As a former member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, I’ve seen first-hand what a donation can do to lift a kid’s spirit. A lot of times, parents may not be able to go above and beyond during the holiday season, due to income restrictions or a variety of other reasons. But that doesn’t mean that the kid doesn’t deserve to have a wonderful holiday season. It’s important to give back during this time of the year, because that donation can have a lasting impact on youth who really need it.”
    – Tyler Brown, Teen Program Manager at Blazers Club
  6. “An investment in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland is an investment in our communities and in the futures of local youth.”
    – Melissa Froman, Admin staff member
  7. “In my opinion the most important reason to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs is because they really help out minorities. Especially in my community there’s a lot of poverty. They give out food for Thanksgiving, they do clothes drives all year, the BGCP really does a lot for people in my community beyond what you would typically expect. I think it’s really important to give back in any way you can.”
    – Teya Shearer, teen member at Regence Club
  8. “The BGCP provides local kids with a safe space where they don’t have to worry about outside problems. A donation to the BGCP this holiday season helps provide local kids with a safe-space where they can eat, play and be warm!”
    – Rubi Gastelum-Plata, Youth & Family Services staff member at Rockwood Club
  9. “Every day at the BGCP we work together with our communities to create great futures for local youth. By giving, you are helping create a better community and a brighter future for Portland’s kids.”
    – Rachel Schutz, Interim VP of Club Services, Sr. Director of Youth, Family, & Trauma Informed Services and the Inukai Family Club
  10. “I think that the biggest reason to donate to BGCP is that many of the families that come to our Clubs are families in need. And it’s always a great experience to be able to give back to those less fortunate than you.”
    – Emily Valencia, teen member at Inukai Family Club

These are just a handful of the limitless reasons to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland this holiday season! Your donation makes a huge impact for thousands of youth across the Portland metropolitan area. Whatever your reason for donating to the BGCP, thank you from all of us. Together we can build Great Futures for local youth!


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Hammer & Nails Announces Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro

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Men’s Grooming Franchise to Help Portland Youth 


PORTLAND, OR. – Hammer & Nails Grooming Shop for Guys, a men’s shop that provides hand and foot care, haircuts and shaves in a man cave nirvana, has announced plans to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area (BGCP).  

The Shark Tank Season 6 concept will use its innovative service to showcase opportunities for underprivileged youth with a choice of a manicure, pedicure, or high-quality haircut experience.  

Hammer & Nails has a monthly membership model, consisting of two basic services from a manicure, pedicure, or haircut for a reasonable price. Members can donate their monthly membership services for a youth to use, directly benefiting BGCP teens and allowing unused services to be redeemed by youth. An individual can donate two services monthly with each membership.  

Hammer & Nails owner, Dr. Keenan Davis, is widely familiar and supportive of the Boys & Girls Club model. “I was drawn to this partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro because of the impact that my hometown Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club had on my life,” Davis stated. “I realize the impact that access and exposure has on a young person’s life. We are excited to play a small role in the Portland community by expanding the confidence in our city’s youth.”  

The Hammer & Nails experience is unlike any other in the health and wellness space. The vibe is private, masculine, and relaxing. The atmosphere is low-lit, with soft ambient lighting throughout the shop. Every guest has a personal TV, remote and noise-cancelling headphones, and a complimentary beverage of choice during their visit. Members enjoy priority scheduling for appointments to minimize waiting and to optimize the experience.  

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Hammer & Nails and so appreciative of this unique opportunity to offer our teens grooming services that can help open doors to networking, professional development, and job opportunities,” says Melissa Froman, Senior Director of Donor Development at BGCP. 

Hammer & Nails is located on the corner of E. Burnside and MLK, Jr. The franchise announced its Grand Opening for October 15. The partnership with the Portland Boys & Girls Club will begin immediately.  

For more information about the Hammer & Nails community partnerships, visit 

About Hammer & Nails  

Hammer & Nails was founded in 2013 by Michael Elliot with the vision to provide hand and foot care, manicures and pedicures, haircuts and shaves to every type of male in man cave nirvana. To learn more about the brand, service offerings and locations, visit or follow us @hammerandnailspdx on Facebook and Instagram. 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) empowers more than 4,000 youth each year to discover their full potential by providing safe after-school and summer programs. Learn more about how Clubs support youth in achieving academic success, becoming responsible leaders, and living healthy lives at

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