Community means different things to different people. But to us here at Taylored Systems, it often means giving back to our neighbors, no matter how small they may be! We think our Noblesville, Indiana, youth are pretty special, so when we heard that our local boys and girls club was building a new facility, we jumped at the opportunity to help.
This month, we were pleased to see the ribbon cut on a new facility for the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville — made possible with equipment and systems provided by Taylored. The new 33,900-square-foot Tom and Soni Sheehan Boys and Girls Club features five gymnasiums, a common area with foosball and air hockey tables, a cafetorium, a music room, a teen center, a kitchen, a strength-training room, a tech center, a library, a learning center, an art room and multiple classrooms. Outside, there’s a large green area for unstructured exercise, along with a playground and basketball courts. Basically, it has everything it needs to keep the club’s 2,200 members enriched and entertained!
Our contribution was to install the telephony and communications networks throughout the site. We also set up the security systems and cameras to ensure that our local kids stay safe and sound when using the facilities. Thanks to generous materials donations from manufacturers like Axis, Milestone, Leviton and Berk-Tek Cable, our engineers were able to install fully networked phone systems, video surveillance and access control points on all doors, as well as an overhead paging system.
Watching the facility take shape entirely with donations from local businesses and organizations, our hearts were warmed, to say the least. (You can see the astonishing progress for yourself in this time-lapse video.) But that was nothing compared to the swell of pride we felt when we watched the shining faces of our community’s youth as they streamed into the facilities for the first time.
Here at Taylored, we’re moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles and aunts. And we support the Boys and Girls Club’s goal to empower our area’s kids and teens — while having some fun, of course! And Noblesville’s Boys and Girls Club has a long record of helping our local kids. Last year, our Boys and Girls club served nearly 2,280 members with programming and classes designed to give kids safe, enriching activities outside of school. The center has a “no child left behind” policy: No kid has ever been turned away there because they can’t afford the center’s services.
Installing this equipment was just our way of saying thanks to the Noblesville Boys and Girls clubs for looking out for our local kids. We appreciate their support as parents and relatives — but also as IT professionals. Hey, you never know where that next generation of installers and engineers will come from!