GLASGOW — Sitel on Friday announced a multiyear commitment to the Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County.
“This is a wonderful day for the Boys & Girls Club,” said Bob Cary, president of the club’s board. “This is not just for this generation of young people, this is for the next generation.”
Sitel – a call center in Glasgow – didn’t reveal the amount of the gift, but the donation brings the total for the club’s Fulfilling a Dream campaign to $2.9 million, campaign chairman Steve Newberry said. He believes Sitel’s gift is the largest made to a charitable organization in the Glasgow community.
“It is a monumental day for Glasgow and Barren County,” he said.
Sitel’s donation came from corporate support, special projects and employee contributions, Newberry said. The gift will expand the reach of the club and give it a solid financial foundation as the organization prepares to move into a new facility, which is expected to open at the beginning of 2014.
The Fulfilling a Dream campaign began 16 months ago and aims to raise $5 million, which Newberry hopes will be achieved within the next year.
“Our work is not done,” he said at Friday’s announcement outside Sitel. “Our campaign took a large step forward today, but we have more work to do.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County has 700 members, with an average attendance of 150 each day, and Sitel’s partnership will help extend the club’s services and hours, he said.
“You are what matters to this community, and we care about your futures very, very much,” Newberry said to the club members who attended the announcement.
The company expects the partnership with the Boys & Girls Club to last for many years, said Mickie Baker, senior vice president of operations for Sitel.
“Sitel is committed to this community,” she said.
The impact staff and volunteers of the Boys & Girls Club have on the children they work with can be seen every day, said Tim Miller, site director for Sitel.
“You can see the strong hope for a great future in their faces,” he said.
Sitel’s dedication to the organization is immeasurable and will impact generations to come, Miller said.
“This is an exciting partnership,” he said. “This is something that is future-shaping ... the ripple effects will be felt for generations.”