The SCBA has played a part in several organizations in the Greater New Bedford area since our inception. The majority of the proceeds we’ve raised has gone to at-risk youth and programs which help the youth to grow and receive an experience they would not normally have in their life. The list below is just the tip of the iceburg in regards to our potential as we continue to spread our base and our efforts in making the South Coast a better place to work and live.
Star Kids Program: The mission of the Star Kids Scholarship Program is to provide educational opportunities in the form of tuition aid to effective non-public schools,uniforms, after-school and summer programs, tutoring and mentoring for those highrisk, low-income children who have a parent with a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse. Children are typically enrolled in the program between kindergarten and grade 4. Star Kids’ goal for each child is to graduate from high school. By completing high school and hopefully going on to higher education, these children will have a greater chance of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, drug use, disease, depression and violence.
Visit them @ http://www.starkidsprogram.org/
Smiles Mentoring Program : http://www.smilesmentoring.org/index.htm SMILES is a school based one-to-one mentoring program serving New Bedford and Fall River.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford : http://www.bgcnewbedford.org/ In 2008 the SCBA raised several thousand dollars for the Boys & Girls Club to help build a boxing training facility. The SCBA didn’t simply write a check for this project, they worked tirelessly on weekends to gut the basement of it’s existing bowling alley and replace it with the boxing facility. The proceeds raised for this project allowed them to renovate the space, outfit it with several heavy bags and other training equipment as well as a top-of-the-line boxing ring.
The Zeiterion Theatre : http://www.zeiterion.org/ In 2008 the SCBA began a working relationship with the Z and developed a program called “Front & Center.” This program allows us an opportunity to send dozens of at-risk youth to different performances each year. To date we have sent over 150 youth, who receive the full red carpet treatment complete with a limousine ride to and from the historic theatre located in New Bedford’s Historic National Park.
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick : http://www.friendlysons.net/ This past year the SCBA helped the Friendly Sons with their annual Turkey Drive during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Friendly Sons provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to those who can not afford the day with all the fixings.
The United Way of Greater New Bedford : http://www.unitedwayofgnb.org/ The SCBA has co-hosted their fundraising events with the United Way in years past donating all the proceeds from those events to the United Way and their efforts in the Greater New Bedford area.
The Community Foundation : http://www.cfsema.org/ The SCBA began a working relationship with the Community Foundation in 2008. The Community Foundation has several programs and scholarships that they continue to work on and achieve high marks. We are pleased to be working with them, creating new ways to give back to the community through their dedicated efforts.