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October 4, 2021 Giving Guide 2021

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

Future Goals

1. Matching 200 additional youth to mentors, through our Mentor Connection program.

2. Helping our Club kids overcome the unfinished learning of the past 18 months through our involvement with Worcester Education Collaborative and Woo Labs and increasing our STEM and academic support. 

3. Increasing social-emotional learning components within Club programs, to help our members overcome trauma arising from the pandemic and combat racism. 

4. Strengthen our organization through advocating with law- and decision-makers and utilize youth voice to make changes. 

5. Deliver better outcomes for Worcester’s youth, including improving the graduation rate, more teen jobs, and increasing family stability.

6. Grow our endowment to $10M in five years to ensure we have a state-of-the-art facility, impactful programs and services, and that we will remain on solid financial ground for years to come.

Fundraising & Giving Opportunities

Annual Graduation Ceremony for our high school seniors, June 2022 

Women’s Leadership Breakfast, October 21, 2021

Holiday Giving program, November 29, 2021–December 20, 2021

Alumni Hall of Fame, June 2022

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Mentor a Club kid. Mentoring is key to helping members through difficulties arising from COVID. The isolation, threats to family stability, safety fears, etc., have had devastating effects on our kids’ physical and mental health, educational engagement, and workforce opportunities. 

Volunteers in our new Mentor Connection – local professionals, clergy, community leaders, youth agency staff, etc. – are a great influence.

2. Our Community Reader program was so successful this summer, it has been extended through the school year. Volunteers read a book to kids in our School Age Child Care program, to promote the importance of literacy.

3. Job Shadowee: Allow teens to shadow employees at work for an afternoon, so they can see firsthand the real-world scope of a field that interests them.

Timeframe: Weekday afternoon(s) year-round, 2-3 hours at workplace.

4. Run a workshop/be a guest speaker on writing a resume, requirements for entering your field, new hire requirements, etc.

Timeframe: Weekday afternoon(s)/evening(s) year-round, 1-2 hours at the Club.

5. Day of service. A group volunteers clean, paint, do yard work, etc. at the Club.

Timeframe: School year weekdays before 2 p.m.

Giving Opportunities

We are currently engaged in growing our endowment. Named gift opportunities are available at our flagship, Harrington Clubhouse in downtown Worcester. Sponsors are needed for our special events. Fall, year-end, and spring annual appeals are sent out by mail. Online giving is available 24/7 on our web site: Giving opportunities are also available in our monthly eNewsletters. Individual and corporate donations of food, toiletries, and paper goods for our food pantry (access now expanded to all local families in need); toys for our annual Holiday Giving program; warm winter clothing; and back-to-school supplies make a huge difference to our Club kids and their families.


The pandemic’s effects have led us to expand the focus of our organization, centralizing basic needs such as food and mental health. Virtually all our members (regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, etc.) show signs of the toll this situation has taken. Their academic and future prospects are endangered, so we created the Mentor Connection: We are recruiting local business, community, youth agency, and church leaders, among others, to serve as mentors to our kids. At COVID’s onset, we immediately expanded access to our food pantry to all in need. That effort continues.