A message from BGCWPA President & CEO, Lisa Abel-Palmieri:

Dear Friends,

As Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania reflects on 2020 as a year of opportunity, with the ability to reach even more youth, communities and families with our virtual, delivery and in person programming and resources, BGCWPA is more equipped than ever to be the highest quality, most comprehensive out of school provider in both Allegheny and Somerset Counties.

Thanks to our supporters, board members and staff, BGCWPA was one of the first organizations in the region to develop virtual curriculum, in person programming following CDC guidelines and delivery options to meet the needs of our Clubhouse families and collaborating partner organizations. As a community advocate and resource, our efforts did not stop in the virtual world, but rather we led the march to conquer the physical needs right in our hometowns.

Although we are so proud of our Clubhouse members, board and staff for taking on 2020, we’d like to recognize that none of this would have been possible without your generous support. We would like to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support in helping us to ReMEMBER, ReIMAGINE, ReINVEST in our mission, no matter how big or small. It is no secret that 2020 was a challenging year, but as perfectly stated by our Emmy Award winning commercial, together we “want to do whatever it takes, to build great futures where everyone’s safe!”

We wish you a happy holiday! As we finish the year as strong as ever, please consider making a generous gift to launch us into the new year.


Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri

President & CEO


2020 Membership Statistics:

By serving over 60 new communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, BGCWPA is committed to growing our demographic footprint and impact, serving:

  • 68% African American youth, up from 62% in 2019
  • 25% White youth
  • 7% youth that identify as other
  • 75% of which come from single parent households, up from 70% in 2019

2020 Relief Effort Statistics:

  • 50+ communities reached
  • Essential Personnel Day Camp for Allegheny County during Pennsylvania shut down
  • 5+ Clubhouses open during the daytime to assist youth with virtual learning and crucial resources
  • 120,000+ meals distributed during school district closures
  • 140+ virtual classes as first Boys & Girls Club in the country to partner with Outschool
  • 700+ Cleaning & Hygiene buckets delivered right to the doorsteps of local families
  • 3,000+ hot food truck meals provided to local neighborhoods in partnership with local businesses and housing authorities
  • Specialty day camp for the children of essential workers
  • 150+ live program sessions for Career Works teens
  • 2,000+ “Club on the Go” deliveries to provide youth engaging activities while at home
  • 5,000+ holiday gifts distributed to Clubhouse members and local youth
  • 3,000+ documented volunteer hours
  • Partnerships with 4 school districts; served 15+ school district and over 50 individual schools in our daytime Learning Hubs
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