In response to the pandemic, an organization steps up for families
Since 1997 The Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills has been serving youth ages 5-18 with critical programming and support. In 23 years, it has become the leading youth advocacy nonprofit organization in Moore County, and has served over 6,000 childrens and teens.
Keeping things fun and productive
Games, athletics, academic support, and drug prevention workshops form the backbone of the Club’s programming. Three locations around Moore County aim to fill the critical after-school gap—2:30 to 6:30—when research shows that children are most vulnerable to gangs, violence, and other risky behaviors. The highly trained staff implements programs to develop study skills, job readiness, self-esteem, healthy living, and social responsibility. During the summer, the Club’s locations are open all day to young people who need a place to go.
Pivoting in a pandemic to provide services where they are most needed
43% of Moore County students receive food at school through the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program. When COVID-19 closed schools in March, the Boys and Girls Club knew they could mobilize their resources and infrastructure to keep kids nourished. As of mid-October, they’ve delivered over 247,000 free meals so that no child in our community goes hungry. Now, Club leadership says they are adapting their services to meet the moment:
“As our Club has reopened at reduced capacity, we are getting back to providing a productive space coupled with enrichment programs designed to help Moore County kids and teens reach their fullest potential. For many kids, the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19 along with extended school closures negatively impacted not only their academic progress but their sense of wellbeing. Our caring youth development professionals are helping children and teens adjust and make up for lost classroom time, as well as providing a space for them to focus on just being a kid. We are also providing a virtual Club experience for our Club members who may have opted for 100% virtual learning or those whom we were unable to accommodate, due to reduced capacity in alignment with CDC guidelines, with our second phase of reopening.”
The Reindeer Fun Run supports the Club mission with critical financial support
When you sign up for the Reindeer Fun Run, you help the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills continue to deliver on their promise to the youth of Moore County. In the past 14 years, RFR runners have helped us contribute over $300,000 to club’s operating budget. This year more than ever, they need our support. Come join the herd—virtually this year—and run with us!