Hometown Highlight: Lubbock Boys and Girls Club

When it comes to meeting local community needs, the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club is one of the first organizations that comes to mind. With three existing locations across Lubbock, one in Shallowater and one breaking ground within a few months, they have made it their mission to help improve the lives of future generations by giving back to the children of today.

Last year alone, they served 3,000 boys and girls, ages 6-18 years old, in Lubbock County and served 104,000 after-school meals through their Kids’ Café program. According to Executive Director Tom Vermillion, since 1940 the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club has provided a place for children to go after school and/or during the summertime when they would have had nowhere else to go.

Recently, the organization identified the need for there to be a facility located on the west side of Lubbock. In collaboration with the city, Vermillion said the club is excited to be able to meet the need and will break ground for their fifth location in a few months. The new location will serve an additional 700-800 children.

With the help of volunteers and staff, they are able to offer numerous programs to encourage academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. Some of the specific programs include: homework help and tutoring, book club, Lego robotics, cooking classes and physical fitness classes.

“The Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock tries to provide a safe and positive place for kids to go,” Vermillion said. “We try to teach them and help prepare them for life – really provide them a home away from home.”

For information about becoming a Boys and Girls Club volunteer, please visit their website or call Volunteer Coordinator Julie Lackey at 806.792.2880. For information about becoming a member or donating to the organization, information can be found on their Facebook page.