WAYNE, NJ – For the first time in their long history, the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest New Jersey (B&GC) has a female Chairperson of their Board of Directors. Rachel Willard-Chang, a Wayne resident, has accepted the position after serving on the Board for the past three years.

“Rachel steps into this role with tremendous experience in non-profit giving,” said Devon Maloney the B&GC Director of Marketing and Development.

Currently, working for Benjamin Moore, Rachel works collaboratively with departments across the company. She has helped drive awareness of the company’s charitable giving, launched new volunteer initiatives and expanded programs with nonprofit partners – the company was recently recognized for its work with YouthBuild USA with a PRNews CSR award.

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“Rachel has been outstanding since joining the board in 2016,” said B&GC Executive Director Joe Lynch. “She has chaired our annual Gala the last several years which have been extremely successful, and I have no doubt her energy and management skills will help lead the club to new heights.”

Before moving to Wayne in 2010, Willard-Chang worked with Toys R Us. “I led their philanthropic efforts and when Toys R Us was based in Wayne, it only made sense to support the Boys & Girls Club. I had been working with the Wayne unit so much so that when I moved to Wayne, I knew my children would be a part of the Boys & Girls Club.”

She was true to her word and her son took part in the B&GC Kindergarten, aftercare and summer camp while her daughter took part in the aftercare program and summer camp.

“When they asked me to join the Board, I said ‘of course!’ We spend so much time here, I should be a part of it,” Willard-Chang said with a laugh.

After she joined the B&GC Board, Willard-Chang served on the programming committee, the marketing committee, the resource development committee and for the last few years, she has chaired the GALA committee. “I’m proud to say that each year we have increased the funds we have raised and really elevated the event each year,” she said.

The new Board Chair finished with a compliment to the entire B&GC Board: “I’m so happy to be leading such a great group of passionate individuals who really care about the kids and the community.”

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The B&GC is hoping to increase their Board of Directors by adding several dedicated board members over the next several months.

Maloney explains: “Our ideal Board candidate is someone who has a passion and interest in our cause and is willing to use their time and talents to help us grow programmatically and financially.”

The organization opens their doors to over 5,200 annually and is currently celebrating their 50th year of serving the community.