Volunteer Gives Back
Twenty-five young girls of the Walton County Boys & Girls Club spend Friday’s in the Club practicing together as the Golden Steppers – a step team. Their ages range from 8 to 12-years-old and in the month of March they’ll have their first debut performances – one placing them at the University of Georgia.
“When I first walked through the doors of the Club and met the step team, my heart immediately longed for the opportunity to work with these youth,” WCBGC Volunteer Taylor Butts, shared.
Serving as their choreographer, Taylor has found a home in volunteering at the Club.
“With so much energy and uniqueness, that I found here, I knew that this was the place for me to come and volunteer. The director and staff were so welcoming that I felt a high sense of inclusion and they made me feel as if I belonged here to do good work for these youth,” she said.
Each Friday, the young girls begin by listening to Taylor share a positive lesson and begins each session and practice with a warm-up, stretch, and lecture on life lessons and she’s taking a page from the WCBGC way in what type of stories she finds to share.
“The Director explained to me the three things that they accomplish in each member that attends the Club. That is for them to build good character, be healthy and become academically successful,” she said. “I come to the Club as a volunteer who believes in those same principles, and I am so happy to be a part of this success climb.”
For Club Director, Lynn E. Hill, Taylor has been such an asset to the Club.
“Taylor has been such a role model for our young girls and we’re so excited for their upcoming performances,” he said. “She shares an energy with these Club members that just displays a wonderful connection between the members and herself.”
The youth will perform March 16 at University of Georgia for a step show fundraiser, in which of the proceeds will return back to the Boys & Girls Club, here in Walton County. Their other performance in March will be a benefit program for drug awareness and crime prevention.
“I love to work with youth, especially in a place that is geared towards helping youth succeed,” Taylor shared. “Volunteering is truly fulfilling, especially when you can see the difference that you are making, while you are working.”
To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/waltonclubor call 770-207-6279.