When I stumbled into running more than a decade ago, I could never have imagined the world of good that would come along with this routine. Each year brings hundreds of miles of solitary training. Each step an opportunity to move with balance, meditation and peace. Running may be the simplest sport there is: Just sneakers and dedication, that's all that's required.
And all of this solo time is punctuated by annual marathons and other races- amazing opportunities to come together, be surrounded by like-minded individuals, everyone driven by deeply personal stories and goals. I have found so much inspiration from my fellow runners. Whether crewing for my husband John as he tackles ultra-marathons or cheering on complete strangers, seeing this army of super-humans achieve impossible feats will always leave me feeling humbled and determined.
I'm thrilled to be running my hometown marathon with the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester team. When I lace up on April 20, 2020, I'll be running for all of the kids that benefit from BGCD's services in our own neighborhood in Dorchester.
And on that day I'll be running with a grateful heart for countless spectators, my fellow runners, the friends and family who are able to support our team and these more than deserving kids.
See you on 4/20, Boston!
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.