NOW MORE THAN EVER
Safety is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and Greenway and although we are not able to provide an actual Club space to build great futures, we are committed, more than ever, to ensure that members, families, and our community have the resources and support they need to navigate these uncertain times. Although it has brought uncertainty and disruption to those we serve, the priorities of Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and Greenway's top priority have not change: the health and safety of the children we serve.
Although the physical Clubs are closed, we are finding ways to reach out to our member families to assist in three areas: Food, Emergency Response, and Virtual Programming (which includes pack for self-paced and interactive activities.)
Every night the Club was open we provided 125 meals to young people. Families have come to rely on this meal. Through generous community donations we were able to supply 50 families with additional food boxes in the past 3 weeks.
Our Virtual Programming is up and running, including some live feeds so that we can see the beautiful faces of our friends and check in with one another. Our online connections include distance learning support and social-emotional support. Additionally, continue to provide activity packs what include projects from our Teacher Geek STEM Carts. (while supplies last)
We are asking for donations and support from the community to help with supportive programs. Donations can be made below.
ISD 318 & 319 have a list of resources for students and parents.
ISD 318 Community Education’s YouTube channel features videos and activities for learners of all ages.
Computers: Students from low-income families can get a Chromebook for 75% off through Minnesota Afterschool Advance.
Birthday Wishes for Kids: The Grand Rapids Fire Department and Grand Rapids Police Department are providing curbside and virtual birthday wishes for children up to 12 years old. Call 218-326-7639 to make arrangements.
211 Information and Referral (First Call for Help / United Way 211): If you or someone you know is in need, dial 2-1-1 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211. They also are available to provide local resources related to accessing food, paying housing bills, and other essential services.
Pop-up Pantries: Local volunteers are converting Little Free Libraries into pantries with food and basic necessities. Families and individuals in need can pick up items, no questions asked.
One pantry is located outside the Itasca County Historical Society (201 N Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids).
Meals for Students: District 318 students can pick up free to-go breakfasts and lunches at school locations or arrange delivery.
Call Boys & Girls Clubs for evening meals.