Mel’s Bad Girls Club started 5yrs ago with a creative approach from Mel Taylor, a local radio on-air personality. Her basic idea was simple…volunteering can be fun!! Giving of One’s time doesn’t need to be accompanied by a boring connotation or viewed as something that is a rote requirement or duty in life. Mel began with the belief that giving effort to your community could be a fun and expressive opportunity to make a positive impact in everyday life. Anyone and everyone would be free to participate without judgment and help make a positive difference in their community. This would be a new way to volunteer, to help the local area and to do so with a twist of flare and refreshing collaborative style! Wanting to expand her idea, Mel Taylor posted a message inviting all interested ladies in the Central Florida area to meet at a local establishment in downtown Orlando to hear more about the potential of being involved with a new way of volunteering…Mel’s Bad Girls Club. Despite nervousness in regards to the turnout, the first meeting of MBGC yielded twenty-five potential members, many of which are still involved in the organization today.
Out of its’ humble beginnings, Mel’s Bad Girls Club continues to grow with a primary focus on directly impacting the lives of individuals in the Central Florida Community. With this in mind, all of the funds collected through Mel’s BGC events and volunteer opportunities are distributed locally. MBGC works mainly with select local charities. Including, but not limited to, B.A.S.E Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation, Hope and Help Center, and H.O.P.E foundation. MBGC rewards active members and volunteers through sponsoring attendance to events hosted by above (and other) charitable organizations. MBGC’s attendance and participation in these events allows a medium for donations to directly reach the Central Florida community while allowing active Mel’s Bad Girls Club volunteers an additional avenue to enjoy their altruism.
Mel’s Bad Girls Club has put a new spin on what it means to be a volunteer and has expanded the ways that people can get involved in the Central Florida community through unique events and opportunities for social networking. Events such as Mel’s Bad Girls Club PROM, which gives attendees and volunteers alike the opportunity to re-live, or re-create, their high school memories in a fun and inclusive atmosphere while generating funds and exposure for B.A.S.E. Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. MBGC Prom is just one of the events that contributed towards Mel’s BGC generating over $40,000 for Central Florida charitable causes in 2010. With 2010 in the rear-view mirror, MBGC is focusing on a goal of $100,000 for 2011. Given a growing volunteer and events roster, 2011’s charitable fund generation goal looks well within reach.