3 Ways to Support the Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia operates dozens of local community programs across the region, including many right near your 1500 Locust apartment, providing vital afterschool programming for local kids, ranging from pre-schoolers to high schoolers. One of the organization’s biggest fundraisers, the Philly Showcase of Wine, Cheese & Beer, was slated for April but was preempted because of our current health crisis. Funding from the annual event goes directly to support the organization’s multifaceted programming, so the organization is positioned to be at an unfortunate loss this year.

The recent school closures shone a light on just how important the BGC is to the region, as hundreds of youth have gone without the vital support and programming it offers. When the organization reopens (and even before!), consider these three ways to support its admirable mission—all mostly without leaving your 1500 Locust apartment:

Financial support: Apart from canceling its fundraising event, the closures have greatly impacted funding from other sources that the BGC receives. So give what you can—no matter how small—to help the BGC get back on its feet and reopened its doors stronger than ever.

Spread the word: Money is tight for many people right now, and if you aren’t able to make a financial donation to the organization, help raise awareness about its good work, and its need for support. Share information on social media, tell your friends and family and let anyone who has kids or works with them know how much good the group does for our local youth.

Volunteer opportunities: Once the organization is back up and running, it will be in great need of volunteers—and that’s where you can come in! The BGC uses volunteers for many of its programs, so if you have a specific specialty or talent and you think you could tutor or lead a workshop on it, lend a helping hand as a volunteer