United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County has a board of 17 members, but recently added Ben Scott, of Carpinteria, and Javier Quezada. Both are alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs.
Scott is regional commercial banking manager from Montecito Bank & Trust; and Quezada is vice president/community banking manager of Community West Bank.
“As a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, I feel that giving back and paying it forward is the right thing to do and it’s our obligation as alumni to support this wonderful organization that gives back and supports so many,” said Quezada.
“We must support the future of our community and enable them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens, he said.
“I have the best of both worlds, I am able to give back to UBGC while spending time with my daughter Kailey who volunteers right alongside of me,” he said.
“She is also learning life lessons by seeing firsthand the importance of giving back to our community by helping others,” he said.
“One of the greatest thrills is when you have former club members end up serving on your board,” said CEO Michael Baker. “Both Javier and Ben are products of our organization. Seeing the great leaders they have turned into is a testament to the work done by my predecessors.”
“The Boys & Girls Clubs provided me with an opportunity to build great friendships and learn to prepare and compete within a team through its sports programs,” Scott said. “The impact of these friendships and sports programs has remained fundamentally significant to me.
“The impact of these friendships and sports programs has remained fundamentally significant to me,” he said.
To learn more about how to get involved in the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, visit unitedbg.org.
— Tina Ballue for United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.