The Boys and Girls Club of Benton County announced it has received a $2,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The Restaurant Community Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve. The donation will enable the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County’s Goals for Graduation project to provide educational support for middle and high school club members. Goals for graduation assists youth through homework assistance and other high yield learning activities; mentoring, college visits, and other activities that enable and inspire youth to complete high school.
“Each grant is not just a check – it is an opportunity to make an impact, from providing essential supplies to food banks in Oregon, to mentoring students in Phoenix and supporting environmental education in New England,” said Drew Madsen, president and chief operating officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc. “Our service philosophy extends far beyond the walls of our restaurants. These grants bring that philosophy to life by helping to develop a better future for those we serve, one community at a time.”