As we all come together to address the COVID-19 crisis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County is more committed than ever before to serving young people who need us most. We know there are a multitude of challenges confronting our families and communities and that is why we have adjusted our operating model to help serve the most vulnerable populations.
Coming together for the greater good is at the core of Boys & Girls Clubs. In response to the crisis, we have collaborated with other organizations to support our community in the following ways:
In-Person Summer Program
We are proud to be providing another safe, fun and enriching in-person summer program for the youth in Larimer County! Due to COVID-19, we will be taking extra safety precautions and ensuring we follow all Larimer County Health Department regulations. Click here for more information on our 2020 Summer Program.
Here Comes the Sun
Help us raise $100,000 by June 15 to provide a safe, fun, enriching, in-person summer program for the kids who need us most. Every donation makes a difference. Click here to learn more.
Established Emergency Childcare Sites
We worked closely with the Larimer County Health Department, Banner Health Systems, and many other community partners, to establish two emergency childcare sites for school-aged youth whose parents or guardians are providing critical services during this pandemic. We redesigned our safety protocols and standards to ensure we’re following all CDC and local guidelines, including proper social distancing and frequent cleaning. These sites were open from April through the end of May.
Provided Virtual Programming
We offered virtual programs through Facebook and Zoom from March through the end of May. Each week day, staff members would host fun and engaging activities for our Club members. We also produced a mini Club Clips series that featured fun at-home activities. Watch them here!
Assisting With Food Distribution
In partnership with the Food Bank of Larimer County, a number of our sites were used to provide food services for vulnerable families. Before COVID-19, 65% of the youth we serve qualify for the free and reduced lunch programs at school. With schools and Clubs being closed, many youth faced barriers to receiving nutritious meals. BGCLC was happy to be able to provide and help with food distribution in our community.
Club To-Go Kits
BGCLC realized that many families didn’t have essential resources to keep youth active and engaged in their homes during this pandemic. In partnership with local businesses, BGCLC created Club To-Go Kits that included workbooks, markers, crayons, puzzles, games, jump ropes, gift cards, frisbees, plus much more. These kits are handed out at the food distribution sites to our families. Over 500 Club To-Go Kits were distributed between March and the end of May.
Thank You To Our Community
We are so grateful for the community support during these challenging times. We are reminded every day that we live in an amazing community that is coming together in these difficult times and using our collective strength to serve needs. Thank you.