As a valued partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, we want to keep you up to date as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The importance of our work is more evident now than ever before; we serve as a vital resource to a vulnerable population that often lacks access to proper healthcare, food choices and transportation. That’s why we are leading with innovative, solution-focused strategies to meet the needs of our Club kids and families, in real-time.
Right now, we are focusing on three primary areas: virtual programming, essential resources for our Club kids and families, and mental health supports.
As schools offer remote learning for the school day, we plan to complement the school day by offering virtual after-school programming to all Club members. Core content will continue to focus on our three priority outcome areas: Academics & Careers, Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. Within these areas, our programming will include literacy, STEM, the arts, healthy eating and active living.
This week, we will begin to serve as emergency food distribution sites at two of our freestanding Clubs (our Johnson and Vickers Clubs) in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies. We are exploring options for how to safely open portions of our facilities or third-party sites for child care. We are also exploring temporarily opening our freestanding Clubs to non-emergency health and human service agencies and organizations.
Our six full-time social workers are actively supporting our families virtually, providing mental health support and resource navigation during this time of extreme pressure. Within the next 90 days, our team of social workers and Club staff will reach more than 1,500 children across the Denver Metro area through phone calls and tele-health sessions. While providing direct support, our mental health team is also gaining an understanding of the most pressing needs in our community, so we can adapt and respond accordingly.
Thank you to all of our partners who remain committed to our Clubs during this critical time, so that we can continue to serve children and families who need us now – and in the months and years ahead.