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November 10, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Halloween looked different this year, but that did not stop BGCD from having lots of fun on Halloween! Following all of the COVID-19 regulations, our members were able to still do several fun activities throughout the day. Our Early Education members had an indoor scavenger hunt where each group took turns hunting for treats around their classrooms. Members also made Halloween arts & crafts and even had a glow stick dance party. Our Learning Hub members took part in a contest to see who could make the most creative haunted house with boxes and other crafts.

Halloween is always a very special holiday here at BGCD and we did not disappoint. Thank you to our amazing staff who stopped at nothing to make this a special time for members.






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October 27, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — As part of the Fall programming, we have resumed our fitness classes at Body + Fuel gym. Following all the recommended COVID-19 protocols, a small group of members have been meeting on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to take part in the classes.

A huge thanks to our friends at Body + Fuel for hosting our members. Your continuous partnership and support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is greatly appreciated by our members, staff and community. Also, a special thanks to The New Balance Foundation for supporting our fitness activities and encouraging health and wellness of our members.



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October 13, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is providing safe, supportive and supervised space to assist families in our community during the time children are learning remotely. Our newly developed Learning Hubs support cohorts of k-8 students during typical “school day” hours. The Learning Hub program includes meals, technology assistance, academic support and guidance. Hubs are led by BGCD staff with a focus on supporting the children’s social emotional wellbeing as they adapt to virtual learning. BGCD is such an important resource in the fight against learning loss and a resource for families in great need.

During the day we are incorporating enrichment activities and getting outside as often as possible! With a focus on supporting children’s social-emotional well-being, BGCD staff are providing opportunities for children to engage in the arts, fitness and other health and wellness activities throughout the day.

For more information, please contact Vice President of Programming Brendan McDonald at bmcdonald@bgcdorchester.org.





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September 29, 2020
BOSTON, MA — On Saturday September 26th, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Board Member Lynda Thomas, her daughter and wife all rode 50 miles in support of BGCD through the Rodman Ride for Kids. In all we had over 50 Participants who took part in this year’s Ride. Lynda and our entire Board of Directors have stepped up as they always do to help support our Clubs and families. We are so grateful to our entire Board who are champions for us and always help support us in any way they can. If you have not donated yet, you still have time! We need to be Dorchester strong and help support Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester during these unprecedented times. Please donate today here and help us cross the finish line!


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September 15, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — We had three members of our 2020 BGCD Marathon Team run this year’s virtual Boston Marathon on a specially designed Dorchester route starting and finishing at BGCD on Saturday September 12th. Our team members began the marathon at 8 AM and left from our Clubhouse on Dorchester Ave. We tracked them as they completed their 26.2 mile journey through the streets of Dorchester and into Boston that then led them back to our Clubs where they crossed the finish line.

Thank you to our entire BGCD Marathon Team, who helped raise vital funds to support our Clubs, members and families. You all did an amazing job and have accomplished an incredible goal!

And thank you to our Official 2020 Team Sponsor, Planet Fitness, for your generous support and partnering with BGCD.

To donate to Team BGCD, visit our team page here.




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August 31, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — At Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, our teens initiated their own Social Justice Program. In the program, they wanted to start a special art project to help express their thoughts and feelings during these unprecedented times. The teens were asked what BGCD meant to them. They are always encouraged to use their voices to speak up for what and who they believe in. The artwork that they created paints a beautiful picture of opportunity, diversity, human rights and so much more.

Check out our video below,  you won’t want to miss seeing these amazing and powerful pieces of artwork from our teens.

To donate to BGCD, please visit here today.



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August 20, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester has finished up our final week of Summer Programming. Our members were very excited to be back at our Clubhouses with their friends and staff. They have been enjoying doing outdoor activities, swimming, gym and more. Last week, members of the Summer Program were able to tie-dye their own face masks which is a great way to encourage wearing them while adding their own unique touch.

All members and staff are required to wear their masks. Hand washing and sanitizing and adhering to social distancing practices is also required throughout the day. Tie-dying masks is a fun activity that helps members adhere to safety guidelines while keeping them safe.



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August 17, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Athletics Director, Kamilah and Teen Director, Ariana started a Social Justice Program for our teens this summer. From 12 – 3 PM, teens and staff gather to talk about topics that are going on in today’s world, especially those that are meaningful and impactful for them personally. So far, the teens have cleaned our Nike court here at BGCD and created space for brand new planters to be made to help beautify the community. They have also created passionate and expressive artwork reflecting their feelings on important social justice topics. They even hosted Denise Santos, Community Outreach Coordinator from City of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office, where they discussed bullying and other current events going on in their lives.

Next on their agenda, Boston Police Officer Reyes will be coming to talk to the teens to be able to help them discuss their thoughts and feelings in a productive and helpful way.




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August 3, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester has reopened our doors to a limited capacity summer camp for some of our members for the past 3 weeks. Through the help of our Safety Advisory Task Force, we have taken the most thorough strategies to keep members and staff as safe as possible throughout the entire process. The majority of programming has been taking place outside with limited indoor capacity. Children and staff are screened for symptoms upon arrival each day via Google Forms. All members and staff are required to wear their masks and hand washing is required regularly throughout the day as well as adhering to social distancing practices.

Our members are thrilled to be back at the Clubs, and we are excited to have them back.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will also be continuing our “BGCD At Home” Virtual Programming this Summer. Mondays through Thursdays we will be providing activities such as Brain Games, Boxing, Body + Fuel Fitness, Art, Reading and much more! Programs will run from July 13th to August 21st and will meet online via Zoom. To learn more, check out our “Virtual Programming” tab!



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July 14, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Rodman Ride for Kids September 26, 2020 — For the past 30 years, the Rodman Ride for Kids has been the #1 one-day athletic event supporting kids in the nation and this year is no different! With COVID-19, there was a fear of canceling this year’s Ride, but we cannot give up and will not give up helping kids! We are giving you the opportunity to help. Whether you get on a bike, create your own adventure or just spread the word – you’re making a difference! We know that fundraising now is difficult, but like any challenge – we need to face it head on together!

Our beloved Board Member Don Rodman who was such a great leader, philanthropist and supporter of BGCD said “people give to people and it’s not for me, it is for the kids”.

Rodman Ride for Kids has a special incentive for Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. We need 25 BGCD team members to register in the month of July. Each participant will commit to raising $300 by Ride day in September, which totals $7,500. The Ride will then match at an additional $200 per rider, which means a $5,000 going to BGCD!

Join Team BGCD today here and help us cross the finish line!