Sharing a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years.
Dependability is a quality at the core of what Boys & Girls Clubs do every day and central to the Maytag brand. Maytag builds high-performing, dependable products; communities across America depend on Boys & Girls Clubs to help young people achieve great futures. Maytag has supported the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2003, ensuring that all youth have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Each year, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Maytag honors and rewards stand-out Club professionals and volunteers who make a difference to kids and teens every day in communities across the nation. Each of these individuals have gone above and beyond to prove their commitment to young people and better the communities they serve. To reward their hard work and inspire continued programming that enables youth to achieve great futures, these honorees received the Maytag Dependable Leader Award and a $20,000 grant to support a program they want to enhance or implement at their Club.
Starting in 2021, Maytag increased their support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America by giving more kids and families a dependable food source. As part of its Feel Good Fridge program, Maytag is installing refrigerators to stock with healthy food at Clubs across the country, where Club kids and their families can access nutritious meals and snacks. Each fridge also comes with a grant to help Club staff fill the fridges as they secure local partnerships and community support.
Maytag celebrates exceptional BGCA mentors for their positive lifetime impact on kids and teens by honoring them with a Maytag Dependable Leader Award and a $20,000 grant to support their local Club.
Award winners include former president Jimmy Carter. To date, Maytag has honored 114 extraordinary leaders who have helped thousands of kids and teens achieve their full potential.
Mike Harris received the Maytag Dependable Leadership Award in 2016 and used his grant to help establish the Pathways to Policing program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Seidman Center. The program encourages positive interactions with police and introduces youth to law enforcement careers.
According to Feeding America, one in six children experience food insecurity. And Maytag knows dependability starts with ensuring that all Americans have access to their most basic needs, especially nourishing food. That's why Maytag has launched the Feel Good Fridge program, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of America, giving kids and families a food source they can depend on. The Maytag® Feel Good Fridge is a refrigerator that is stocked with healthy food for Club members and their families to take when in-need.
Maytag kicked off the program in 2021 with 10 refrigerators in Clubs in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Grand Rapids and as of April 2022, 20 refrigerators have been placed with another 20 to be placed by the end of the year. Each refrigerator comes with a small grant to get the Club started in filling the fridge with nourishing food, and the Clubs will use local relationships and community support to continue to keep the fridges full. Since the program launched in October 2021, each Maytag® Feel Good Fridge has helped provide healthy food to an estimated 130 Club kids each day.*
*based on ten Maytag® Feel Good Fridges installed in Sept. 2021
When Josh Sergeson first checked out the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley at age 17, he didn’t realize he’d find a home away from home… and a career trajectory.
Staff, volunteers and mentors at Boys & Girls Clubs provide dependable mentorship and dedicate their lives to serving youth. Meet the standout Club staff who earned the title of Maytag Dependable Leader in 2021.
The Maytag Dependable Leader program honors extraordinary individuals for their commitment to kids and teens.
For more than a century, Maytag® appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. For over 100 years, Maytag has an enduring tradition of quality production and powerful performance. Durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag® appliances – including Maytag® front-load and top-load washers and dryers. Maytag also offers a full range of kitchen appliances including dishwashers with Dual Power Filtration, Maytag® refrigerators with the PowerCold® option, as well as Maytag® ranges, cooktops and ovens with Power™ burner and Power™ element options. In January 2014, Maytag introduced America to the Maytag Man — a dependable machine and the human embodiment of the durability, reliability and power inside all Maytag® appliances. In addition to creating durable appliances, Maytag also is a dependable partner to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in their effort to support communities across America and help young people achieve great futures. For more information about Maytag, please visit Maytag.com, or connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Maytag, Twitter at @TheMaytagMan, and Instagram at @Maytag.
Every day, 15 million kids leave school with no place to go.