The Boys & Girls Club of Troy was recently selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable BGCT to continue to enhance Power Hour: Making Minutes Count, a national tutoring and homework assistance program which the Club implements daily for its 700-plus members. Three local restaurants under the Darden umbrella – Bahama Breeze
and The Capital Grille
in Troy, and Olive Garden
in Warren – came together to award the Boys & Girls Club of Troy with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.
"We see a great deal of value in the Power Hour program, and obviously Darden does as well judging from their generous grant,” said Tom Gorman, Club Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. "Having the support of organizations like Darden Restaurants makes it possible for our Club to continue to provide a solid educational platform for our members.”
"We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. "Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count allows youth to extend their learning beyond the school day. Research studies confirm that homework completion makes a difference in helping youth become more confident, happy and successful in school. Power Hour offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help members complete their homework – and start each school day better prepared and with a sense of confidence and competence.
Plus, as members participate in the Power Hour program, they earn Power Points which are redeemable for incentive prizes and special privileges.