As I train for the 2020 Boston Marathon, I can’t help but think of my grandmother Alma Serret and her love for the Dorchester community. She was a successful businesswoman in Dorchester for 40 years. Like many immigrants, she was grateful for her new hometown and practiced her own brand of philanthropy by giving to everyone she came in contact with. For that reason, I am excited to run for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Boston Marathon team. As an alumna of that organization, I have so much gratitude for all that it did for me during my pre-teen years. It provided me with a supportive environment after school, fostered my love of sports, and strengthened my desire for learning and appreciation for volunteering.
As an adult, I continue to lead an active lifestyle as an avid runner. My passion for sports led me to pursue a career in sports and entertainment, and I’ve had the privilege of working with such well-respected sports organizations as the Miami Heat, Barclays Center, and the New York Mets.
Most recently, I competed in the Martha’s Vineyard Triathlon, and I placed third for my age group. My commitment to the community and my familial roots are the key reasons I want to give back to the youth of Dorchester. I want every child to have access to quality education, exposure to the arts, the chance to develop leadership skills, and an opportunity to go to college. I believe that through the Boys & Girls Clubs all things are possible! Thank you in advance for joining in Ally’s Run by making a donation today and by helping me reach my goal of $10,000.
Be our heroes and support our 2020 Marathon Team!
Last year, we raised over $150,000 and we hope to exceed that goal this year!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is an award-winning youth development agency that has provided outstanding services to Boston’s inner city youth for more than 45 years. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.
We provide a safe haven to over 4,000 youth of all abilities annually. Our programming supports youth from infancy to high school graduation to ensure they enter kindergarten school-ready, progress from grade to grade on time, and graduate high school ready to enroll in a post-secondary program. We operate three sites and offer over 200 out-of-school programs year-round in the areas of education, college and career prep, art, music, film, character and leadership development, health and life skills, athletics, aquatics, and social recreation. While the yearly cost of our services is $1,900 per child, members pay just $5 in annual membership dues, with scholarships available to those in need.
Here are some highlights of our programming:
Through our Healthy Meals Program, we serve free, nutritious meals to more than 1,000 children annually. Our kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner five days per week year-round.
During July and August, our Safe Summer Streets Program brings over 300 at-risk teens into a safe, positive environment which offers job opportunities, drop-in activities, field trips, and free time with friends. We extend our operating hours until 11:00PM five nights per week and give participants a ride home at the end of the night.
Project B.I.N.D (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities) is an agency-wide initiative to foster the inclusion of children of all abilities in Club programs.
As part of our focus on strengthening families, empowering women and disrupting the cycle of poverty, last year BGCD established the LIFT (Lifting Individuals and Families Together) Program which assists families in reaching financial goals through meaningful coaching.