The challenges youth face today are unlike those we’ve seen before. Whether it’s the impacts of the global pandemic or the growing opportunity gap in Chicago’s communities of color, youth are looking for somewhere they can find the safety and support to build a great future.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) has been providing hope and opportunity to Chicago’s vulnerable youth for over a century. Throughout that time, BGCC has adapted to address the changing needs of our boys and girls. With the onset of the coronavirus, BGCC shifted once again, expanding our programming focused on academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles to include:
• Food distribution programs that feed families hit hardest by the pandemic with prepared meals and groceries.
• Over 9,000 wellness check-ins and referrals for youth and their families to keep them physically and mentally healthy.
• A Virtual Club experience filled with activities such as story hour, art workshops, and virtual talent shows, as well as science lessons and virtual field trips to Chicago cultural institutions.
• A Club for Home kits – dropped at children’s doorsteps – packed with science materials, art supplies, books, and educational games to keep kids engaged in Club activities at home.
Starting July 6, BGCC re-opened its doors for Summer Camp, and while camp looks different this year to comply with social distancing guidelines, a virtual option continues to support all youth with a camp experience.
For the past 15 years, Lawn Ball, hosted by the Guild Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, has raised the resources critical to supporting life-changing programs like these and more. Typically held at Saddle & Cycle, this year’s Lawn Ball will mark the first of its kind as we move to a virtual platform for the safety of our supporters.
Lawn Ball will still feature the elements that guests have come to look forward to including an online auction, donation opportunities and an appearance by BGCC’s Youth of the Year. Resources raised through this Go Fund Me page and the virtual event will support the continuing work of the Clubs throughout the pandemic.
Donate today to help us reach our goal to fund these critical services for Chicago's children!
To purchase a ticket or sponsorship to the virtual event, visit: https://bgcc.org/lawnball
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