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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.



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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.




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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.


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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.




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December 31, 2019

BOSTON, MA — Members of the Keystone Club were chosen to participate in the Highland Street Foundation‘s Youth Philanthropy Initiative. As part of the program members learn about the importance of philanthropy in giving to those in need. They were tasked with researching and choosing a non-profits a non-profit outside of the Club to make a donation.

This year, the members selected Hope & Comfort, an organization that provides hygiene essentials to those in need. Distributed items from Hope & Comfort reach 50,000 people annually. In addition to providing hygiene products, they also work with public schools and youth-serving organizations to educate about health and proper hygiene.

Congratulations to Hope & Comfort and best wishes on your efforts to support those in need.

Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation for making this program opportunity available to our members.



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December 5, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — On November 19, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester hosted our second annual Toy Party in partnership with Play Your Part Boston at IBEW Local 103.

250 members from BGCD were invited for the party of a lifetime. They enjoyed taking part in activities such as trying out new games, building Legos, and much more!

Thanks to the generosity of some toy industry donors and Play Your Part Boston, each member went home with a bag of high quality and developmentally appropriate toys that will be sure to fill their hearts with promise as we enter the holiday season.

A enormous thank you to all of the volunteers and donors that made this event possible!



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November 8, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — On October 7th, BGCD hosted the Annual Destination U. College Fair. We would like to thank the 20 schools that were represented at the event. Our teens had the opportunity to learn about the respective schools’ campus life, their majors, admission requirements, tuition costs and so much more.

The Destination U. Fair is part of the College Fellows Program. Upcoming activities include a workshop for our Freshmen & Sophomores on November 12th, an Essay Writing Workshop on November 13th and a hands-on FAFSA workshop on November 20th for our Seniors and their parents.

For more information on our College Fellows program, please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.



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October 24, 2019

BOSTON, MA — On October 15, a group of 100 members and chaperones from BGCD were invited to see award winning best musical, “The Lion King” at the Opera House. They all had a fantastic time singing along to some of their favorite Disney songs.

For some of our members, it was their first time ever attending a live performance in a theater. This opportunity will be a memory that they will never forget due to the generosity of BGCD’s partnership with the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids Program.

An enormous thank you to the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids Program, and Don Rodman for continuing his legacy of providing such an incredible experience for our members.



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October 9, 2019

DORCHESTER, MA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester restarted our program partnership with Elevate Youth to provide outdoor learning opportunities for our members. The group enjoyed a hike in the Blue Hills and at the top of the mountain, took part in a yoga class before hiking back down.

Elevate Youth provides two activities each month including our upcoming trip horseback riding at the end of October and rock climbing in November.

A special thanks to our friends at Elevate Youth for providing these opportunities to our members.

For more information on our Social Recreation Programming, please contact Social Recreation Director, Shannon Zarnoch at szarnoch@bgcdorchester.org.