Serious Fun After School, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 closures. We launch this campaign to raise $1,000 to help cover the costs of our free virtual programming we have offered since April. The program will have provided over 100 hours of enrichment programming to our community by the end of June. Please consider donating to this campaign. If you act quickly, GoFundMe #SmallBusinessRelief will MATCH campaign donations up to $500, increasing your impact!
Serious Fun’s mission is to unlock every child's passion by engaging them in creative hands-on exploration. Serious Fun was founded in 2010 in an Astoria church basement in response to community need for affordable, high quality childcare and arts enrichment. We have since expanded to provide after school child care and arts enrichment to over 600 children a year, in 7 New York City public schools.
On March 16th, 2020, we were forced to halt programming when NYC public schools closed their doors and the entire country shut down. During this time of closure, Serious Fun has remained committed to taking care of our Serious Fun Team and Families. We are doing everything we can to address the needs of our many stakeholders.
• We halted our payments and credited all of our families’ accounts.
• We committed to pay all our staff through June 30th.
• We continued to find ways to connect with our Serious Fun families, offering free virtual hangouts and arts enrichment program
• We partnered with our host schools to offer free arts enrichment to enhance their virtual school experience.
While Serious Fun’s income has been cut since March 5th, our expenses continue to mount. We have leveraged whatever government support we could to pay our staff. Yet, with the extended closure, we still face a shortfall. At this time of crisis due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we look to our community to support us in whatever way they can.
As we strive to move forward, we look for alternate ways to stay committed to the Serious Fun Team and families. We hope to continue to provide enrichment opportunities that help our children grow.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!