BMW of Watertown and Hoffman Auto Group are proud to announce our newest community partner: Waterbury Police Activity League (PAL). Our philanthropic focus is on organizations that improve the lives of our neighbors, friends, family, and customers in the community where we live and work. It is our pleasure to be part of the Greater Waterbury area with our newest dealership, BMW of Watertown! We encourage you to learn about the positive impact Waterbury PAL has had on youth in the Waterbury region by watching this video.
Juvenile arrests in Waterbury have gone down 57% since PAL started
The Police Activity League of Waterbury, Inc. (PAL) is committed to “[providing] the youth of the Greater Waterbury area with positive guidance during crucial childhood years. It has been proven that a strong support system, such as PAL, has a direct relationship with lowering crime rates, and has a powerful impact on a child’s future.” PAL gets kids off the streets by offering many programs after school and on weekends. Programs include baseball/softball, cheerleading, basketball, culinary, gardening, and Holiday Chorus, in addition to a ‘homework haven’ and summer youth employment program. Families only need to pay $25 per year for their child to participate and financial assistance is available. A full list of programs, as well as membership application forms can be found on their website.
Waterbury PAL is the reason the city now has the lowest youth crime rate among major Connecticut cities. -WTNH
When Waterbury PAL was formed in 1966 membership was 80 local youth. Although membership grew to 700 in the following years, funding was cut in the late 1990s and membership plummeted to 70 members. With a shift in focus and at the leadership of then Waterbury Police Chief, Neil O’Leary, now Waterbury Mayor, ‘at risk’ students were identified by teachers and recommended to the program. Membership increased by 2005 to 1700 and currently they are serving 4300 youth members, a record everyone is proud to share. “Less kids are getting arrested. Less kids are having negative interactions with police. Less families are having negative interaction with police” said Mayor O’Leary in a Waterbury Observer article in 2011. “And instead of arresting kids we are taking all that energy and putting it to positive use.”
This year Waterbury PAL celebrates 10 years of making a difference in the Waterbury community. A week-long celebration including an open house will be taking place soon. Watch for this announcement on Facebook and their website. This year also marks the first full year of the PAL Park. The park was once a contaminated site which has been remediated and now boasts a Little League baseball field, three full size basketball courts, one youth basketball court, and a rubber surface playground for younger children.
Waterbury PAL is holding a raffle until the drawing on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. The prize, donated by Onyx II Fine Jewelers, is a 14k rose gold diamond cocktail ring, set with 1 Carat of round brilliant cut diamonds valued at $2500. Tickets are $25 each. The drawing will be held on April 20th at 7 p.m. Winner need not be present to win. To obtain raffle tickets, visit one of the following:
- Waterbury PAL 64 Division St. Waterbury, CT
- Waterbury Chamber of Commerce 83 Bank St. Waterbury, CT
- BMW of Watertown 699 Straits Turnpike, Watertown, CT (ask for Melissa Herrera),
- Hoffman Ford/Lincoln 600 Connecticut Blvd, East Hartford, CT (ask for Susan Lane or Heather Madore)
- Hoffman Toyota 36 Albany Turnpike, West Simsbury, CT (ask for Jennifer Beauchemin).