COVID-19 IMPACT REPORT
With the issuing of the Tarrant County “Stay at Home Order”, and the indefinite closure of area school districts, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County (BGCGTC) regular programs and services will remain closed until further notice. This includes all Club sponsored activities and trips. While we can’t yet resume regular programming, there is nothing more important than finding ways to serve our kids and connect our families to vital resources. Currently, we have realigned our focus to serve the community in three critical areas:
At this time, we are adapting and responding to the emerging needs of the youth and families we serve. We must be agile and adaptable so we can offer the most relevant solutions at any given time. As a result, our critical need is unrestricted financial support to fund key operations that are being implemented as COVID-19 relief efforts.
Food, Meal and Learning Kit Distribution Curbside
Since March 24, BGCGTC has been providing curbside meal distribution at select locations Monday through Friday at dinner time. On Fridays, families are also receiving groceries for the weekend. These prepared meals are supplied through the USDA feeding program and Tarrant Area and Metroplex Food Banks. Restaurants are also donating as much as possible. Coordinating with police and practicing safe social distancing require intentional planning and thoughtful execution among some of our most experienced staff. Learning kits, containing books, lesson plans, inspirational notes, etc., are also distributed with the meals for families to use at home. In the past seven weeks BGCGTC has served 44,617 curbside meals to kids and families.
Week One: March 24-29
# of Meals Served
Week Two: March 30 - April 5
# of Meals Served
Need: Secure operating gifts to fund meal, food and learning kit distribution for 8 weeks = $415,000.
Distance Learning Support
Our youth development experts have put together resources to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. Using distance technology, Club members are able to access mobile educational resources as well as their favorite Club programs anytime! We were thrilled to have our Virtual Club Programming go live on our BGCGTC YouTube channel last week. Just like they rotate to and from different programs at the Club, now our members can enjoy seeing their favorite Club staff and programs online! We are heavily leveraging bgcgtc.org and our BGCGTC social media channels to disseminate resources to the community. Through multiple daily posts, we are providing resources on meal distributions, mental health hotlines, educational videos, support for parents and much more!
Need: Secure operating gifts to fund staff salaries and distance technologies for 8 weeks = $115,752.80.
Special Programs: Now Virtual
Using technology, program staff are providing resources including:
Comin’ Up Gang Intervention:
These programs are made possible through continued funding from: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District, Texas Health and Human Services, US Department of Education, Community Youth Development program, Department of Family and Protective Services
Blog: Mission Minutes
How the Club is fulfilling its mission is evolving on a daily basis, therefore we have started a blog called Mission Minutes to communicate what we are doing, how we are doing it, and what we need help with. We have posted 6 blog posts on our website and will continue to post frequently. I encourage you to check bgcgtc.org to stay informed about how we are serving our community.
Together we can,
Daphne Barlow Stigliano, BGCGTC CEO & President
Doing The Right Thing For Kids, Always
We remain steadfast in our vision that success is within reach of every young person we serve, with all on track to graduate high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. COVID-19 will not disrupt our mission or alter our vision, and we are deeply grateful to those whose financial support will allow us to be there for our community’s youth.
All contributions, large or small, help open doors for your youth.
Attend an Event
Joining us at one of our signature events is a fun and impactful way to support our mission.
Build Great Futures with us! Volunteers play a vital role in transforming the lives of our club members.