Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia made an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club in Pueblo Saturday.
Only weeks before classes start, the outreach program hosted a school supplies drive to give back to families in need in one of the most impoverished areas in our state.
"We have too many children living in poverty, no doubt about it," Garcia said. "And these are kids living in poverty even with working parents because incomes are low."
Garcia believes the Boys & Girls Club provides a foundation for a path to success.
"Boys & Girls Clubs are tremendously important especially in communities like Pueblo," Garcia. "We want to make sure kids have a place to go where they can get adult supervision, where they can get help from teen mentors."
One of those teen mentors is 18-year-old Callie Guerra. She has spent more than a dozen years as a student in the halls of the club.
"I've created a lot of friendships, met a lot of community members," Guerra said. I'll miss being around everyone and being social."
Guerra says she has no plans to exit these doors when her member status ends next month when she goes off to CSU Pueblo. She vows to return as often as possible as a volunteer.
"It's a second home for me," Guerra said.
The Pueblo Boys & Girls Club serves more than 800 kids in the community.