FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2018
Hilary LaMotte Burke, MSW
Director, Marketing & Communications
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware wins Back2School ‘Stuff the Bus’ Challenge from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, receiving Toyota Sienna minivan, cash and supplies worth more than $75,000


Wilmington, DE – Sept. 20, 2018 – On Friday, September 21, 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of America will present Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware with a brand new 2018 Toyota Sienna vehicle as a culmination to the nonprofit’s Back2School™ Stuff the Bus Tour – powered by Toyota. The minivans were generously donated by national partner Toyota and filled with school supplies and giveaways.  The van delivery will take place at 4pm at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, 109 Glasgow Drive in Newark.  “We were surprised to learn we were one of the winners of the vans,” said John Wellons, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.  “Transportation is an issue for a number of our kids, having a safe and reliable vehicle will be a game changer,” Wellons later stated.


The 3 winning Clubs for 2018 include, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware , Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and Boys & Girls Club of Brookings in South Dakota. These Boys & Girls Clubs will use their new vehicles to increase program participation, offering children and teens an easier way to join after-school activities. Now, the local youth have more opportunities to take advantage of critical learning opportunities, like STEM learning classes, coding, homework help and more.


“While the back-to-school season typically focuses on in-school activities, out-of-school time is extremely important for the healthy development of our youth,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Access to adequate, safe and reliable transportation is a significant barrier for many. We’re grateful that we’re able to help more Boys & Girls Clubs take a big step forward in reaching more local kids and teens throughout the school year.”


The Stuff the Bus Tour – powered by Toyota, is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national Back2School campaign, which includes a variety of fundraisers and programs. The following organizations are also proud supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of America by helping ensure kids have the right school tools for a successful educational experience.

  • Lowe’s
  • Toyota
  • Finish Line Youth Foundation
  • Gap
  • Old Navy
  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Bridgestone Retail Operations
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Family Dollar
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Fiskars
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Wayback Burgers


To learn more about how Boys & Girls Clubs help prepare kids to succeed throughout the school year and during summer, go to


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.  Clubs provide vital youth development services for more than 37,000 children and teens. Our 43 sites are located where such programs are limited or nonexistent.  Boys & Girls Clubs help kids achieve great futures by providing a safe and fun space, an engaging Club Experience and caring professionals to guide them.  To learn more visit   Follow us on social media


About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in Boys & Girls Clubs of America-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.



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