As Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania continues to ReIMAGINE the ways we serve our members, families and communities best during this difficult time, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all of those supporting our relief efforts, being a force for good, and helping our community towards better days.
At BGCWPA, we are working to meet the challenges of COVID-19 with unwavering dedication, ensuring our communities have access to critical supplies and food resources delivered right to their doorsteps, providing and constantly evolving a virtual learning platform for our youth to continue to grow socially and emotionally, keeping our Clubhouse doors open for the children of essential workers, and delivering hot meals and academic resources in a new way to communities throughout the Pittsburgh area.
May 4th, 2020 marks not only the beginning of week 8 of Clubhouse, school district, and economy closures, but a shift in BGCWPA’s relief efforts and a quick adaptation to the way we will serve our neighborhoods best.
So far, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is and will continue:
- Contacting hundreds of families on a weekly basis to conduct wellness checks and provide resource support
- Delivering cleaning & hygiene buckets to the doorsteps of our families in need, with 200 already assembled and delivered, and a goal of 700 in total
- Delivering over 300 pantry boxes to members in need across 19 van routes stretching from Carnegie to Penn Hills and up to Shaler, with a goal of delivering over 1,500 between now and the summer.
- Distributing over 5,000 meals per week across Allegheny County in partnership with local school districts, 412 Food Rescue, and other dedicated community partners. Within a 2 month closure, BGCWPA will have distributed over 65,000 meals
- Offering InstaClubhouse virtual enrichment programming, tutoring, homework help and test prep for grades K-7, 8-12 and for our Career Works Teens in areas of workforce development, literacy, STEAM, wellness, social/ emotional growth and ACT/SAT test prep, with 50,000 views and counting
- Offering a Specialty Day Camp Program for ALL children of essential personnel indicated by the governor’s office at our Lawrenceville Clubhouse. Youth have the opportunity to complete daily school work, and participate in academic programming and fun activities
NEW IN MAY!
- Partnering with MedExpress Urgent Care, Southside BBQ Food Truck, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Housing Authority to provide hot meals, activity and STEAM kits at no cost and without the need for transportation for over 1,500 families
- Virtual Teen Nights every Tuesday and most Friday evenings for any teen, grades 7-12 with interactive games, trivia, virtual scavenger hunts, guest speakers and special events requested by BGCWPA’s very own Teen Council!
- Coming soon! Delivering “Growing Hope” STEAM kits to include plants, seeds, pots and soil along with a pedometer, water bottle and healthy living materials to promote nutrition and exercise during and after COVID-19. These kits will include a second delivery of fresh veggies each week in June from a local farm to be used during a virtual cooking class with a local chef!
- Coming Soon! Tutoring for children to assist in the learning gaps caused by COVID-19. Options for daily tutoring sessions with an experienced educator or one time tutoring in a specified subject area.
BGCWPA is not stopping our relief efforts there, as we continue to evolve and anticipate the needs of our communities. Stay tuned for our new 2020 Summer Camp model to be announced in May!
In need of crucial resources? Fill out our family needs request form.