Our commitment to keeping the youth we serve safe is always our number one priority.
Dear families and friends:
Our commitment to keeping the youth we serve safe is always our number one priority. At this time, we are adhering to the safety precautions put in place by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). We are announcing the continued closure of our Pawtucket Clubhouse, effective from March 16th until further notice. This includes all on-site Club Programming and activities.
During these uncertain times, we have been in communication, and will continue to do so, with our families as they navigate these uncharted waters. We are doing everything in our power to answer their needs at this time. The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has been both a trusted and reliable resource in the region for over 120 years and we will continue to be a resource for all of the families in our community who look to us for support.
The basic needs of our families, is at the core of our mission and our programs. During these unprecedented times, the Club is assisting our families in many ways, including:
Performing regular Family Wellness Checks to all Club families; as the health and wellbeing of our families is our top priority.
Offering Virtual Programming and weekly challenges to help our members and families stay active and engaged. We’re committed to still helping Club kids achieve success and get moving daily!
Launching a Family Support Program (FSP):
We’ve teamed up with the Blackstone Community Action Program (BVCAP), Stop & Shop, and the RI Food Bank to provide families with dinner kits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The kits include healthy meal options for the whole family, along with a gift card to purchase other household essentials they may need.
The second component to the FSP are the ‘Family Fun Kits’ which are filled with items surrounding language arts, exercise equipment, arts/crafts and a family board game. The overall goal of the FSP is to support Club kids’ education, while providing a healthy alternative to screen time- an alternative that so many of our families are looking for during these unprecedented times.
We’ve partnered with the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to open our Club as an emergency childcare site for the children of essential workers in our community; including first responders and hospital workers. Safety for both the children and staff in our programs is at the core of our mission, and our goal is that these services will provide peace of mind that their children are in a safe, fun and friendly environment. While the program is currently on hold, our staff stand ready to serve these children.
We continue to monitor all updates from the CDC and RIDOH for accurate information. We appreciate your patience at this time while we take the necessary measures to keep our community and Club families safe. We are advising all staff, families, and youth members to take precautions as recommended by the CDC, and have provided additional resources like handwashing guides, and information about how to talk to young people about the spread of the COVID-19 virus that can be found here.
We will continue to update our website and social media pages with all programming happening at the Club. Please click here to view our Facebook page.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at: 401-722-8840.
James R. Hoyt, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
With the recent closure of schools and the Club due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to continue to provide our members with academic, recreational, and social resources. It is important for us to support our mission, especially during these uncertain times. We have committed to ensuring that our members have daily access to our high-quality educational programs, as well as, National Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) programs while they are out of school.
Week of May 25 – 29
We have developed an updated Virtual Club Program schedule which will be posted weekly on every Sunday to our website and social media accounts.
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Virtual Club Quick Links:
Family Support Program
The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket has teamed up with the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program (BVCAP), the RI Community Food Bank and Stop & Shop to provide families with dinner kits, that include healthy meal options for the whole family, recipe ideas to go along with the groceries and a $25 gift card to purchase other household essentials they may need.
The second component to the Family Support Program are the ‘Family Fun Kits’ which are filled with items surrounding language arts, exercise equipment, arts/crafts and a family board game. The overall goal of the FSP is to support Club kids’ education, while providing a healthy alternative to screen time- an alternative that so many of our families are looking for during these unprecedented times, as many students are using an electronic device for the majority of the day for school.
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