If you've ever eaten at local café Le Peep, chances are you've seen or spoken to owner Peg Dalton. A South Bend native, Dalton spends her days mingling with customers and working alongside staff at her charming downtown restaurant.
What you may not know, is that soon, Dalton will spend her time working alongside another team as she embarks on a journey to support her local community through the Boys & Girls Club's annual "Greatest Kids Campaign”.
To many, the thought of simultaneously fundraising, campaigning and mentoring youth is intimidating. To Dalton, it's a challenge worth taking. She sees her participation in the Greatest Kids Campaign as an opportunity to connect with local youth and support her community.
"I was blessed to be surrounded by adults who cared for me growing up,” says Dalton. "It's important to provide that same experience to kids who don't have a support network.”
It's that belief that inspires Dalton to be involved with the Boys & Girls Club. Through her efforts, she hopes to inspire others in the city to invest in youth as well.
"Giving back is an important part of what we should do as community members,” explains Dalton. "This is part of my responsibility to South Bend.”
Making an Impact
What Dalton looks forward to most this campaign season is being a mentor to youth. Through mentoring, she hopes to help her mentee build self-confidence and passion for life's endless opportunities.
"I want them to know that they can do anything—that nothing is too big,” says Dalton.
Sporting the color blue to represent her campaign, Dalton reveals the foundation of her campaign strategy—a giant love for her city.
"I love South Bend. And my team will too,” she explains.
So with an army of support and deep love for her community, Dalton prepares for the contest, eager to meet her mentee and campaign for "Le Win”.
The Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County's "Greatest Kids Campaign” fosters positive relationships between adults and youth by pairing six exceptional Boys & Girls Club members with adult mentors from the South Bend community. Together, these teams campaign to be named the "Greatest Kids in Town”, advocating for the Boys & Girls Club and forming relationships that last a lifetime.