On a typical day, the McKeown Boys & Girls Club serves about 350 kids and teens at 5 locations. However, COVID-19 forced the closure of all of our sites. Still, the Club has played a critical role in our community, adapting and evolving to support our kids through these challenging circumstances.
- A “Virtual Clubhouse” launched nearly overnight, allowing the kids to continue connecting with their positive adult mentors on the staff and engage in positive games and activities from their homes.
- While many of our parents have lost their jobs, our staff team is providing regular delivery of groceries, at-home activities, and educational materials to the doorsteps of our most vulnerable families.
- Staff members have been calling our members’ families at home so they can hear a familiar voice and have someone to talk to during this time. For kids who do not have cell phones, this is a lifeline.
The crisis has also been financially devastating for the Club, as we’ve had to cancel three of our fundraising events and have also lost income that usually comes in through tuition payments and facility rental fees. We’ve launched a campaign to help us rebound and continue serving the kids as we begin to reopen in a gradual, phased manner. Please consider making a gift to support the Club, its kids, and the excellent staff team that we have.