To the Editor:
Our nation faces a myriad of uncertainties as we grapple with the impact coronavirus has had on our lives and those around us. I have the honor of witnessing the difference people can make in their communities first hand every day as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township.
We serve over 2,000 kids and teens throughout the year with after school and summer programming and athletic leagues at eight elementary, middle and high schools within Districts 300 and 220.
BGCDT has been a consistent resource for the families in our community. We knew the uncertainties our kids face daily would get even worse as this public health crisis grew. We knew we had to step up in any way we could to be there for our kids, families and communities.
BGCDT, in collaboration with District 300, is proud to have opened all day Distant Learning Child care Clubs at each of our D300 sites to continue to provide the academic partnership and social-emotional support our kids and families need now more than ever.
Kids who might otherwise be lost or disadvantaged within the e-learning environment receive academic support, Club core programs, a meal and snack at no charge to the families.
But we face our own uncertainties of how we can continue to provide these critical services and aid to our community while also keeping our doors open, staff compensated, and resources stocked.
I can’t stress enough the dire support nonprofits such as ours need if we are to not only continue to serve our community but help our nation recover once this is over.
Nonprofits are a constant and comforting presence during crises and will continue to be, but we can’t do it without the support of our community and political leaders. Please tell your elected officials: Nonprofits support us in times of need, let’s support them in theirs.
Karen Trzaska is on the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township