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For the last 22 years, our organization has worked diligently to provide high-quality and high-impact programs to the youth of our community. And while the last few months have been difficult for everyone, our organization has risen to the challenge and continued to serve the young people who need us most.
Our biggest challenge with this situation is income.
This pandemic has impacted our organization by closing 4 out of our 5 Branches that serve a total of 700 youth per day which provides $190,000 of our budget. The cancellation of our major fundraising event was scheduled for April 25 and budgeted for $100,000 income. Our current budget is just above $1.2M, and we are concerned that we will lose about $200,000 in expected revenue over the next three months. As you know, daily we strive to live our mission of inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Here are some of the highlights:
- After closing for a few days over Spring Break to figure out how to move forward, we re-opened the Nap Lawrence Branch in late-March with limited capacity and many new safety precautions for critical healthcare and first responder families.
- In April, we expanded The Lounge’s (our Club for high school students) Facebook Group into a virtual Club using Discord.
- In May, we expanded our partnership with the City of Casa Grande and began offering a temporary all-day program at Len Colla Recreation Center.
- In early-August, we opened our first Club in Maricopa at Santa Cruz Elementary School. And as part of this expansion, we changed our name to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor (we want our name to encompass and include all of the communities that we serve).
- Later in August, we opened a temporary “Onsite Learning Location” at Mesquite Elementary School. And on August 31, we moved the Len Colla program to Palo Verde Elementary School so that we could serve more students. Combined, we were able to serve 226 Club Members with our four all-day programs (Important Note- prior to this pandemic, we had never operated more than one all-day program at any point in our history). And thanks to our partnerships with our local municipalities and school districts, these programs were completely free to all participants.
- Three of our four partner school districts retuned to modified in-person learning in September or October, so we began operating after-school programs again for the first time since March at that point. Unfortunately, two of these districts have recently returned to all virtual learning, so we are currently operating one after-school program and three all-day learning locations (and serving approximately 225 Club Members every day).
- On Monday, March 1 we joined our (Maricopa) Santa Cruz Branch by resuming to operating our"normal" after-school programs in all Casa Grande locations except The Lounge for teens which returned on March 8th. The Arizona City Branch, for the first time since the pandemic started, opened back up on March 22, 2021.
We need your help now more than ever to help us do whatever it takes to build great futures!