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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


April 10, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — Every Friday BGCD hosts our “Grab and Go” meal session. Each week we have provided families with essential items to help them get through.

We are so grateful to all of our generous friends and donors who have reached out so far:

Thank you to everyone for supporting our COVID-19 Relief Efforts during this time. Thanks to you, BGCD is able to continue our efforts to support our children and families.

To sign up, please email bmcdonald@bgcdorchester.org by Thursday to arrange a pick up time for next week’s session.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is doing whatever it takes to service our youth, families, and communities. To help us, please support the kids and families in our community – DONATE NOW.


March 9, 2020

DORCHESTER, MA — During the February School vacation, BGCD hosted a special event for our high school girls where they could pick out and take home a prom dress, as well as accessories like makeup, jewelry, purses and shoes, for the upcoming season. Thanks to a number of friends and stores who made generous donations towards our drive, we were able to offer a wide variety of dresses in all different colors and sizes along with accessories for all who attended.

The event was such a big success we will be offering a second event during the April School vacation week!

Look for our next event to take place on Friday, April 24th.

For more information, please contact Abbey at aaiguier@bgcdorchester.org.


January 31, 2020
DORCHESTER, MA — The Middles began their 30 Day Positive Affirmation Challenge with looking in the mirror and reflecting on their likes and dislikes about themselves. They anonymously shared thoughts and next meeting they will take one negative statement and change it to a positive affirmation.

For the continuation of this challenge, members will look in the mirror and say their positive statements 3 times a day for 30 days. This incredible challenge will hopefully demonstrate how the power of thinking can transform your life and make the middle school years a little less stressful.

We have started this challenge in conjunction with our 27th Annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards. This year’s theme will incorporate the importance of creating positive thoughts that turn in to positive behaviors. We are so excited to hear their feedback!

For more information on the Middles, please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.


January 17, 2020

BRIDGTON, ME — On January 11th, over 100 members and chaperones were the guests of our friends at Shawnee Peak in Maine for an exciting day of skiing and snowboarding.

Chet Homer, owner of Shawnee Peak, has hosted BGCD for the past 10 years in this annual staple on the program calendar. Participating members received donated lessons, equipment and lift tickets for the day, and transportation was provided.

Our thanks to Chet Homer, Geoff Homer and the entire Shawnee Peak team for another great day on the slopes. Here’s to 10 years and many more!

For more information on our partnership, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.