34a5a182-826a-4513-a9b9-6544e595130dToday, families are finding new ways to spend time together and volunteering is one way to do just that. For Paula Goodwin, her family has been a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington for more than 20 years.
You can find Goodwin and her sister-in-law Beverly Curry at many of the organization’s weekly activities and special events. The two retired pastry managers share a love of volunteering. For Goodwin, lending a hand is her way to give back to an organization she credits with positively shaping the lives of her own kids. Paula’s two children, Daphne and Derek are former Washington, D.C. Club kids and today, Daphne Benbow is a full-time staff member at the Club’s DC Headquarters.
According to Goodwin, “Learning to interact with people from all walks of life is an important part of growing up. As BGCGW Club members, these kids have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships with kids and adults while developing positive character traits in a safe, nurturing environment.”
One of the most satisfying, fun and productive ways to unite as a family is by volunteering. Goodwin said she and Curry enjoy all of the events, but are particularly fond of the annual Casino Night in Fairfax. Goodwin encourages others to get involved with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Goodwin said, “When you commit your time and effort to an organization you feel strongly about, the feeling of fulfillment is endless. It feels good, helps strengthen your community and it can strengthen your family.”