The Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown has recently received a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, which is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The donation will help the club enhance its Teen Prevention and Education Program.
The local club is one of 850 grant recipients nationwide to receive the award which is given by the Darden Restaurants – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s. In the first two years of the grant program, the foundation has given away more than $1.9 million to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
The WCD Boys & Girls Club will use the funds to help continue offering the National Boys & Girls Clubs prevention programs such as SMART Leaders, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, Money Matters and Date SMART as well as homework assistance.
The employees at Darden Restaurants are passionate about the communities where they live, and the restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities. Drew Madison, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer, says “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”