COVID-19-RELATED ADVISORY FOR CLUB MEMBERS & FAMILIES

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES

August 11, 2020
Our Core Values — Be a Team, Be Caring, Be Great, Be Fun, and most importantly, BE SAFE — are just that: guiding principles that are woven into every part of Club life. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, BE SAFE has taken on particular relevance. Follow Isis on a tour of our Joe R. Lee Branch, and learn how our Club members are still having a lot of fun while staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. Read More >>

July 22, 2020
As we conclude our Club Heroes Campaign, we’re deeply grateful to the many community partners who have risen to the challenge of serving our community’s neediest children throughout the COVID pandemic. As we shift our focus toward reopening our Clubs for the school year, we are humbled by the steadfast support we’ve received from so many donors who have stood by us in this most challenging of times. Impact Report >>

July 17, 2020
Summer Zone News Splash: Growing Vegetables & Blossoming Self-Confidence! Read More >>

July 13, 2020
Our President a& CEO, Gary Cain, gives an organizational update: “Your Boys & Girls Club organization has chosen to not to be discouraged, to take a long view, and to run with patience the race that is set before us.” Read More >>

June 30, 2020
We’re happy to share that our Clubs have re-opened for summer service! Indeed, we have strict new protocols in place to minimize COVID risk. To learn more about the Clubs’ “new normal” and this year’s GRADUATION STATS, click here >>

June 26, 2020
Summer Zone News Splash: Cracking the Code through Robotics! Read More >>

June 19, 2020
A letter from our President & CEO, Gary Cain: Reflections on Juneteenth Read More >>

June 17, 2020
Summer Zone News Splash: Get the latest news on our Middle School Programs virtual summer programming. Every week, we feature online Club activities, Club member spotlights and staff member highlights. Read More >>

June 16, 2020
The Joe R. Lee Boys & Girls Club in Eatonville reopened and a summer’s worth of education resumed. Service Director Shadrick Alexander said they continue to have conversations with Club members and parents to explain the temperature screening process, why they need to wear masks inside and how the Club is keeping things clean. Watch Here >>

June 5, 2020
Amidst the COVID-related cancellations, a rallying cry has emerged among our Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide: Hope is not cancelled! Here it is June, and nothing brings hope like graduation season. The one (arguably only) thing 2020 has done well so far is to produce a bumper crop of Club members and alums who are destined to make the world a better place! In this issue, we celebrate three of them. Read More >>

June 2, 2020
As we begin to reopen our Clubs for summer programming after a 10-week hiatus, we’re continuing to provide emergency food relief and virtual programming options to serve a variety of needs and comfort levels. Impact Report >>

May 26, 2020
Registration for our summer program is full. Please contact your local Club for more information or to be placed on a waiting list. Click here >>

May 22, 2020
Usually, there’s a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounding our Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year. After all, the hard-won award recognizes our most exemplary Club youth, who typically ascends the stage in party finery at our Celebrate the Children Gala, and is handed a crystal award in front of 1,000 community leaders to thunderous applause. Learn more about how COVID-19 has affected this year’s Youth of the Year announcement. BGCCF Update >>

May 11, 2020
We’ve all heard the expression that parents need to provide their children with two things: roots and wings. It’s not so different with us at Boys & Girls Clubs. We put in a lot of foundational work when the children are in our Clubs, always with the hope that when they leave or exit our Blue Doors, they’ll be good citizens of our community. In this difficult season of our Clubs being closed, it’s been a good opportunity to observe some of our older children, and our Club alums, flying on their own. This week yielded some heartwarming examples. Read More >>

May 6, 2020
Through efforts coordinated under our Family Discretionary Fund, we have been able to provide significant food relief efforts to struggling Club families. Two of our Clubs operate weekly food pantries, and a third Club is a distribution point for public school breakfasts and lunch distributions. Impact Report >>

May 1, 2020
Our Club Heroes come in many varieties, from young lawyers just beginning their careers to retired seasoned executives looking for a way to give back. But they have this in common: they’re making a real difference in the lives of our community’s children. Read More >>

April 27, 2020
Our VP of Marketing and Community Relations, Betsy Owens, spoke with WESH 2 News about how we continue to serve our Club members while our Blue Doors are closed. Watch Here >>

April 24, 2020
Our mission continues! Meet our Club Heroes, and learn how we still do whatever it takes to make an impact while our Clubs are closed. Learn More >>

April 23, 2020
Under the statewide Stay-at-Home order, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s services have been designated as essential to maintaining the continuity of operations of critical infrastructure. To that end, we will open our Clubhouse facility and/or facilities only to those children of parents who serve as first responders and/or serve in essential infrastructure sectors such as Corrections, Health Department, Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office. Learn More >>

April 17, 2020
A message from our President & CEO, Gary Cain: In the midst of a crisis, it’s easy to get buried in day-to-day struggles and hyper-focus on the near term. For Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, the COVID pandemic has forced us to come up new, hopefully short-term, ways to meet the needs of our Club families while our facilities are closed, through virtual programming, reach-out calls, and weekly food deliveries. Read More >>

April 16, 2020
Along with so many others, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida is adapting our service model to the massive challenges leveled by the Coronavirus Pandemic. As our iconic Blue Doors closed for ‘in-person’ Club service across our service area on March 17, our dedicated staff has been working day and night to create a new model of service for our 16,000+ Club members, to continue to reach them and their families during this time of dire need. Impact Report >>

April 9, 2020
Meet our Club Heroes! In this most tumultuous of times for our Club families, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida is meeting the challenge head-on. Fueled by your generosity, we’re deploying all of the resources we can to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable children, and to provide stability to their families at this time. We hope you’ll be inspired by these stories of our donors and staff doing whatever it takes  to serve our Club families, and feel inspired to join us through a contribution to our “Club Heroes” campaign. Read More >>

March 26, 2020
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida opens “Cyber Clubhouse” to serve kids during closures. Read More >>

March 24, 2020
COVID-19 has brought unprecedented disruption, economic hardship, and heartache to the communities we serve, but Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s top priority has not changed: the health and safety of the children we serve. While our Blue Doors are Shut, Our Hearts are Still Open. Here’s how we’re continuing to serve: Learn More >>

March 17, 2020
After thoughtful consideration, and in accordance with advisories issued by the Florida Departments of Education and Health, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has made the decision that our Clubs will be closed until further notice. We do not make this decision lightly, and realize the hardship that this closure causes for our Club families. However, our first priority has always been the health and safety of our Club members and their families; it is our obligation to do what is within our power to disrupt the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to watch this space, and our website, www.bgccf.org, for future updates, and to confirm reopening after this hiatus. Our hearts are with every member family during this interruption of service.