Responding to the Need
James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn has been continuously changing its programs and outreach services for more than twelve months now. Here’s an overview of what we have been up to over the past year.
Spring 2020: VIRTUAL CLUBHOUSE & HOME DELIVERIES. The Club shut down on Friday, March 13, 2020 due to the public health crisis. Nearly immediately, staff members launched a virtual Clubhouse where peers could gather with trusted staff members five days per week to do art projects, workouts, and more. Additionally, on a weekly basis staff members delivered groceries, educational materials, hygiene products and more to the doorsteps of our most vulnerable families.
Summer 2020: CAMP IN A BOX & SUMMER ENRICHMENT. During the first week of July, our LEAP Childcare teachers welcomed back one classroom of our preschool and pre-K students with open arms (from a distance!). We offered a limited in-person morning program for eight weeks, and also offered eight weeks of a virtual Camp in a Box program for our Club members.
September – March 2020-2021: SUPERVISED LEARNING CENTER. In September 2020, our LEAP Childcare program opened its second classroom and welcomed back even more students. Additionally, we partnered with Woburn Public Schools, the North Suburban Y and the City of Woburn to create a Supervised Learning Center for Woburn Students. We retrofitted our Clubhouse to become a virtual school where students most in need could attend on their virtual school days. In addition to receiving assistance with their schoolwork, students are served two meals and a snack each day.
Now, as students plan to return to school full time in April 2021, we must transition once again and do what is needed to support the well being of our members while keeping health and safety as a top priority. We anticipate opening some afterschool activities at our satellite locations as well as at the Clubhouse.
We hope you will consider supporting our important work as we begin planning this next phase of our reopening. Thank you for your understanding and your generosity!