November 2022
Helping Others Starts With Karoline
Karoline L. may be just nine-years-old, but she is already serving as a role model to her peers at the Jefferson County Unit and as an inspiration to staff.

When a fire on September 26 destroyed an entire section of townhouse in the Willow Brooke neighborhood in Charles Town, Karoline sprung into action. She knew several people who had been affected, including her great-uncle, and she wanted to do something to help. She shared what had happened with her peers at the Club, and they decided they would hold a bake sale to raise money.

With the support of parents and staff, the club members made and distributed flyers to promote their bake sale on Sunday, October 2. That's how Troy Kelican from Leetown Baptist Church heard about the fundraiser, and he spoke with the Women's Group, who donated a basket of goods. Club members and their families were also busy baking cookies, cakes and cupcakes.

On the day of the event, the kids did all of the work. They set up the tables, made banners, and decided the price for all baked goods would be "by donation." They stood outside with banners and posters promoting the bake sale, greeted customers, bagged items, and counted change.

In addition to the baked goods, Christopher, the father of one of the club members and the manager at the Hair Cuttery in Ranson, donated a gift basket of hair care products valued at $250.00. For every dollar that someone spent at the bake sale, they received a free raffle ticket with a chance to win the basket.

The kids set a goal to raise $1,000, and at the end of the day the bake sale had raised $900. They weren't short of their goal for long. Thug Riders MC West Virginia chapter donated $100, and few days later they received another $100 donation. Karoline and her friends at the Club raised a total of $1,100 to donate to the Red Cross.

This isn't the first time Karoline has stepped up to help others. Last year, she helped write a Kindness Grant called Backpack Full of Smiles. Every month, the Jefferson County Club picks a different group to receive 12 backpacks full of items that members of that group might want or need.

Karoline is an example of exactly what the Boys & Girls Club is all about: encouraging young people to be productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Camp Mariposa Open to Youth Affected by a Family Member's Substance Use Disorder
Youth ages 9 to 12 who have been impacted by a family member's substance use are invited to attend Camp Mariposa Eastern West Virginia, which the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle runs.

"Camp Mariposa is an excellent opportunity for participants to develop trusting relationships with adult mentors and with friends who have faced similar situations," said Camp Director Kait McKay. "The camp is free to all participants. The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle provides transportation, meals, bed linens, and even hygiene items."
The camp is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program that combines traditional camp activities with education and support sessions led by mental health professionals. The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle holds Camp Mariposa on weekends once a month with participants spending Friday and Saturday nights at camp. The program model was developed by the Eluna Network, a nonprofit organization that supports children and families impacted by grief and addiction. The camp is funded by the Department of Justice.

"This is not only an excellent opportunity to help young people affected by the opioid epidemic, but to also working on preventing a future generation from becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol," said McKay. "We want to ensure that every child who would benefit from Camp Mariposa has the opportunity to participate."

To learn more about the program or how to register a child, contact Kait McKay at (304) 279-3186 or
Freshening Up the Martinsburg Club
´╗┐With a Little Help From Our Friends

The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle will be hosting an open house at its Martinsburg location at 105 W. John Street on December 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM to show off all of the renovations that occurred there over the past few months. Thanks to grants from the City of Martinsburg Community Development Block Grant and to Truist Foundation, there are new bathrooms, a refurbished gym floor, new backboards for the basketball hoops, and new equipment storage lockers.

in addition to funding, we've also been fortunate to have volunteers from Chick-Fil-A cleaning and painting alongside our staff. That painting couldn't have happened without paint donations from Benjamin Moore Panhandle Paints.
Community Trees at
Lights on the Lake 2022

The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle is excited to be participating in the inaugural season of Lights on the Lake. Thanks to a sponsorship from Eric Gates State Farm Insurance, we are one of 24 nonprofits benefiting from the event.

Our Jefferson County Club members made ornaments for the tree, and some of them and their parents help decorate it. Now, we need you to vote for it!

Visitors to Mountain Lake Club can purchase a vote for $1.00 then vote for their favorite tree. All money raised through votes will be donated to the non-profit at the end of the event.

Lights on the Lake is now open select nights through Friday, December 30. Tickets can be purchased at: You can also vote on line (Each vote costs a dollar) at Vote for the Boys & Girls Club Tree!

Thank You for the Support!

The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle depends on the generosity of our community. From giving money to giving time, so many people and organizations make our work possible!

In October, Advocates Insurance sold popcorn during the 4-State Food Truck Event in downtown Martinsburg and raised $1,314.00 for us.
The City of Martinsburg donated several desks to us, and Sierra Pacific Mortgage and its employees Jeff McIntyre, Colln Hitt, and, Chris Hipp helped move donated desks to our corporate office and to the Martinsburg Club.

Chick-Fil-A employees have been volunteering to spruce up the Martinsburg Club and Erie Insurance and Advocate Insurance Group employees Michelle Ballenger, Tim Hott, Julie McCutcheon, Carrie Jordan and Shannon Roberts helped with a mass mailing and organizing our storage closet.

We also want to send a huge thank you to Knights of Columbus at St. Agnes Parish for donating coats and gloves!´╗┐
So Many Ways to Give
The Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle relies on donors to help us keep our doors open. Thankfully, there are so many ways to give. From making a direct donation, to using Amazon Smile, to signing up for Round Up, we hope you think of us this holiday season.

Our Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For more information, contact our administrative offices at 304-263-1832 or visit our website at