Sistema NB and the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton
The NB Children’s Foundation received this letter from Jennifer Machum, outlining how the donations we have provided have helped the Boys and Girls Club in Moncton.
‘Without a doubt, the best thing about being involved with the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation is having the opportunity to meet the children we are helping. Art Buck and I are the lucky board members who represent the Foundation in Westmorland, Albert, and Kent County. As such, we have had the chance to meet many of the wonderful organizations that work tirelessly to support the disadvantaged children of southeastern New Brunswick. While all our presentations are meaningful, a few stand out due to the unique program offered and the infectious enthusiasm of the recipients.
On October 12, 2016, Art and I were invited to a concert put on by the young students of Sistema NB, an after-school program which aims to inspire children to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music. When the children enter the program, they build their own instruments from paper and plastic and learn the basics of melody and rhythm. The evening event was the first time the first-year children performed for an audience and at the end, they were rewarded by receiving a real instrument. Their pride and excitement was contagious! Following the inspiring performance, Art and I were very pleased to present a grant of $30,000 from the Foundation, to help sustain this valuable program and support the dreams and endeavors of these deserving children.
On April 13, 2017, Art and I were excited to visit the Moncton Boys & Girls Club to present a grant of $10,000 from the Foundation to support their Pawsitive for Kids program, a pet-therapy initiative to help children with mental health challenges. These furry friends are brought in to provide non-judgmental encouragement for children with a variety of special needs. Their calming influence helps children to read, manage their behavior, and in some cases, even to learn English. The children love them, and their evident and measurable effect is remarkable! We were so pleased to be able support this program that helps vulnerable children achieve their goals and become their best self.
It is always a pleasure to go out into the community and meet the children being served by the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation. It can be a challenge to determine how to distribute and allocate funds, but seeing the grateful recipients makes the process profoundly rewarding.’