The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, at 41 Governor Street, kicked off its annual campaign, \u201cThe Campaign for Youth,\u201d at the Keystone Awards Ceremony on March 27. The campaign will raise funds for the club\u2019s after-school programs and services for youth, ages 6 to 18, living in Ridgefield. Scheduled to run through June 30, the campaign seeks donations primarily from individuals. Serving as the campaign\u2019s co-chairs are club board members and Ridgefield residents Karl Steidl and Don Ciota. The campaign\u2019s goal this year is to raise $125,000. \u201cWe are proud to announce that to date, our campaign has raised more than $20,000 as a result of some early gifts and 100% participation of our board members,\u201d Mr. Steidl said. \u201cAll we need now is the rest of our community to show their support, and we will be able to reach, maybe even exceed, our goal.\u201d \u201cLast year we experienced close to a 10% increase in both after-school and summer camp attendance,\u201d siad Mr. Ciota. \u201cOur high school leadership program, the Keystone Club, won four national awards, including Keystone Club of the year. We are very proud of our accomplishments, but there are still many more youth in our community that need the kind of positive influence and guidance the club provides. We want to reach out to these youth and their families.\u201d Funds raised will help sustain the low fee structure for high-quality after-school programs, including the Power Hour homework help program, computer skills training, career exploration, arts and crafts, fitness and sports, and character and leadership programs such as SMART Moves, Torch Club and Keystone Club. Funds will also help sponsor kids to attend summer camp. \u201cMany Ridgefield residents don\u2019t realize that the Boys & Girls Club is a privately funded nonprofit and that nearly a third of the annual budget is raised through the annual campaign and fund-raisers like the Turkey Trot,\u201d said Mr. Steidl. \u201cIn May we will host our golf tournament, which is another important fund-raiser for the club. We hope that the community can see the value of their investment in the club and support our campaign.\u201d To make a donation or to volunteer, call 203-438-8821 or visit bgcridgefield.org.