With continued uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield announces a “Rally for the Future” fundraising campaign to continue to address urgent needs and help youth, families and the community overcome long-term impacts of the crisis.
The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield continues to address urgent needs, from meals and childcare to programming, and is leading the way in helping to overcome long-term impacts from this crisis. With local schools operating on a hybrid model, the Club is providing a variety of programs to meet the needs of families with back-to-school and out-of-school care services. For example, a Breakfast Club is provided for families in need of early morning care for children before the normal school day. A Remote Learning Club provides care while kids would have traditionally been in school, Club staff assists children in accessing their remote learning. An After-School Club offers care after school which includes socially distant sport activities and recreation along with homework support.
According to Jim Bunnell, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield, “The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield has always been an essential community resource, but now more than ever, children, teens, and their families need us. We anticipate that family schedules and needs will be extended, remote learning assistance and programming needs will increase, and financial assistance requests will double. The support of our community partners, individuals and volunteers is essential.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield is taking a holistic approach to supporting youth with priorities including the social and emotional needs, reversing learning loss, targeting the needs of various learning styles, restore a feeling of safety, and give youth and teens the programming and overall support that will enable them to realize their full potential. Caring for the needs of the food insecure is a top priority as well, as they work hand in hand with the Marshfield Food Pantry. The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield is uniquely positioned to help with trained and caring professional staff, learning resources and ideal space for accessing their schools remote learning.
Bunnell continued, “Our ‘Rally for the Future’ will help us to continue to combat long-term educational, economic and health-related effects that face our members and families.”
Focused on Supporting Youth, Families and the Community
The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield is working with the Marshfield Food Pantry, the Town of Marshfield, guidelines from the state and the Marshfield Public Schools and other service organizations to provide critical services the community needs to support children and families over the short- and long-term. Among the steps they have taken to meet ongoing needs include: food distribution to food insecure families (hundreds of healthy meals per week in the form of Grab & Go meal boxes, drive-thru dinners and more); providing a safe place for kids while many parents and guardians return to work; and serving as a resource for the Board of Health and other departments to further assist families. Additionally, over the summer, the Club was able to offer employment to more than 30 teens in the community.
To make a donation online, visit https://www.bgcmarshfield.org and click on the Donate Today button. For check donations (made payable to “Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield”), the mailing address is 37 Proprietors Drive, Marshfield, MA 02050.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield
The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield’s mission is to enable and inspire all young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens as well as become tomorrow’s capable leaders. The Club provides programming opportunities in the Boys & Girls Club of America’s (BGCA) five core areas including leadership, education, health, arts, and fitness.
The Club serves hundreds of families with children ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old, providing afterschool, vacation week and summer programs, as well as youth athletics, teen, social recreational and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit their website www.bgcmarshfield.org or call 781-834-2582.