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LEADING WITH RESILIENCE

Our Response to COVID-19

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When the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly changed the needs and well-being of the communities we serve, we responded in ways big and small to keep young people on track to great futures.  


Thank you for standing with us in resilience.  

 

We Kept Kids Connected to Engaging Programming

When life as we knew it changed, we innovated to continue delivering life-changing programming and positive outlets. 

Conducted 700+ hours

of summer camp programming

Offered 700+ hours of virtual programming

Provided 300+ at-home activity kits and games

It’s been a quite year for Kendill. His grandfather passed away in December and his father passed away in April. He lost the two most important men in his life within six months. Then we moved to North Carolina. The Club’s virtual programming has been a godsend because it kept him connected to his friends during these trying months. He had somewhere to go every day, something to depend on.

Monique, aunt of former Club kid

We Helped Close the Digital Divide & Achievement Gaps

When faced with a historic shutdown of schools, we opened our Clubs to support students through a prolonged period of remote learning.

Distributed 230+ laptops and tablets

Introduced robust Wifi at all Clubs to serve as "Lift Zones"

Extended Club hours to provide 57,600+ hours of support for virtual school

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Ms. Erica came to our house to drop off supplies, including a tablet for my son Karter. Our entire household shares a laptop distributed by the public school system. If it weren’t for the Boys & Girls Club providing our family with a device, I don’t know how Karter would have passed to the next grade.

Danielle, mom of two Club kids

We Met Basic Needs

As the pandemic robbed lives and livelihoods and shuttered anchor institutions, we stepped up to close the gap in critical services. 

Made 2,500+ phone calls and "screen door" visits to check on families

Kept Clubs open in spring for 700+ hours of childcare for essential personnel

Served 5,000+ meals and snacks beyond standard food program

Distributed 200+ personal care kits

Charged $0 to families

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The Boys & Girls Club offered me the opportunity to go back to work. I am a caregiver. At the start of the pandemic, I could not work and manage virtual school. I heard about the Club from a client. When I dropped my girls off, it was “Wow!” from the beginning. The staff take these children as their own. I am grateful.

Kate, mom of two Club kids

We Invested in our Staff

When our incredible team of talented youth-development professionals stepped up for our kids, we stepped up to support them.  

Collaborated with other Maryland Boys & Girls Clubs to train frontline staff in trauma-informed approach

Added 4 new positions to our Programs team

Raised minimum wage to $15/hr and kept staff hours the same as year prior

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The Boys & Girls Club offered me the opportunity to go back to work. I am a caregiver. At the start of the pandemic, I could not work and manage virtual school. I heard about the Club from a client. When I dropped my girls off, it was “Wow!” from the beginning. The staff take these children as their own. I am grateful.

Kate, mom of two Club kids

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The following organizations made our COVID-19 response possible.

SUPPORT BGCMB

Interested in sponsoring us?

Contact Jesse Schaefer at 

jschaefer@bgcmetrobaltimore.org

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore does not ask, endorse, or allow youth members to solicit donations to support our work. We do not solicit donations at sporting events, outside of stores/malls, or in other public venues in support of our programs. If you are approached and requested to donate by a youth or adult in a public place it is not sanctioned by our organization. We encourage those interested in supporting our work to do so on our website or by calling (410) 637-3838. Donations made to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore are accompanied by a donation receipt.

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