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Maryland Capital Grant Provides New Installations and Creates More Secure Clubs For Our Members

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

A Job Well Done: Here are some of the many recent installations made to our O'Donnell Heights, Brooklyn O'Malley, Westport and Webster Kendrick Clubs during this past summer.

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, our Clubhouses are the center of everything we do. In order to ensure safe, inspiring environments where learning and mentorship can take place, BGCMB continually invests in our physical plant and facilities. In 2022, four of our Baltimore City Clubs benefitted from significant capital improvements thanks to the Maryland Department of General Services through the State Board of Public Works (House Bill 151). The $250,000 award provided upgraded doors and windows, security features including cameras, kitchens and restroom fixtures at our O’Donnell Heights, Westport Homes, Brooklyn O’Malley and Webster Kendrick Clubs. Thanks to a group of very generous construction partners, the impact of the investment was amplified through $130,000 in donated labor and supplies extending the original grant by nearly 150%. BGCMB Board Member Scott Bulera deserves a standing ovation for his direct involvement in the project. Bulera was responsible for bringing Turner Construction in as pro-bono project managers who in turn leveraged their network of vendors to supply skilled labor.

“This really is one of those instances where the system pulls together for a good cause,” Barnett Carroll, President of Aegis Mechanical Corporation who was a part of this achievement, says about the ethos at the foundation of these vital improvements. “I appreciate being supported by my suppliers and wish nothing but the best for this project.”

To Carroll’s point, teamwork was the unifying principle that made this project possible. Construction units, demolition teams, carpenters, plumbers and electricians were called to each site to apply their skills in a unified measure. This project attracted the talents of over ten local Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) trade partners who received 63% of the work contracted.

Meet The People, See The Work: The Maryland Capital Grants Program was instrumental in giving our facilities the much-needed makeover they deserved. These installations were completed before our members returned this fall giving them a new state of mind from glancing at all the sparkling new additions to their Club.

“We appreciate the many folks who made these vital safety and security upgrades to our Clubs possible. From the State of Maryland, our Board member Scott Bulera and the Turner Construction team and the many tradesmen and women that brought these upgrades to life—thank you,” commented BGCMB CEO Jeff Breslin on the collective effort behind these vital improvements benefitting our members. “At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore our Clubs are hubs of activity, energy and enrichment. These upgrades will help to ensure our team can continue to do whatever it takes for kids to learn and grow in a safe environment.”

The dedication shown by the skilled laborers at Aegis, Allstate Floors, Aqua Free Facilities Services, Capital Demolition, ConCor Networks, Denver-Elek, Ferguson, Hercules Fence, JLN Construction Services, Mahogany, Precision Wall Tech, Sloan, Smith Luxury Installs, LLC, Webstaurant Store and Windsor Electric was unmatched. Our organization is beyond thankful for their complete professionalism. We graciously thank them for their expertise and hope they understand the great work they’ve done by coming together for our members and communities.

Want To Learn More About The Ways Businesses and Companies Are Helping To Improve Our Clubs. Click here to read all the great stories of outreach happening across the Metropolitan Baltimore region.

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