A Message From Our CEO

All of us here at BGCGG hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and doing the best you can to manage through this public health crisis. We know that these extraordinary times present unique challenges and hardships to each of you, as well as our greater communities as a whole. It is in this idea that we continue to serve the needs of our members and families through the continued support of our dedicated staff and volunteers, Board of Directors, and collaborative partners. At this time, and until further notification, we have shifted all our programs and services to virtual and remote models in our best efforts to follow all preventative and social distancing recommendations from public health officials. This includes ongoing telephone and telehealth appointments to our members and their parents/guardians, all the way down to our youngest kiddos in our preschool programs. We also are rolling out our virtual Club programs in the coming weeks designed to help meet the variety of our members' needs, including ongoing support with school work and providing a fun, safe, and positive outlet for our young people during these stressful times.

With more details to follow, we do plan on returning to in-person program models as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Until then, we invite you all to continue to engage with our incredible team of youth development and community health professionals, and to share your stories and needs with us as you are willing and able to do so. In the meantime, if you, or someone you know needs immediate assistance in applying for Medi-Cal, CalFresh (food stamps) and CalWorks, please contact Arleni Valerio with our ARCHES program at 714-235-0128, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to schedule a phone appointment.

Please continue to periodically check our website for updated information, and feel free to ask questions and provide your thoughts using our feedback button at the bottom of the webpage.

In good health,

Mark Surmanian
CEO

COVID-19 Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented times for our country and Boys & Girls Clubs are not immune to the devastating impact of this treacherous pandemic. We can’t wait to get back to what we do best, serve the needs of kids and families in our community. BGCGG is finding other ways to support our communities through our Community Health Services, which include ARCHES, Family & Youth Outreach Programs, and Truancy Reduction Center, as well as providing support for members through virtual programming.

BGCGG is launching a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help provide urgent support to youth and families in need. Food, hygiene items, technology and school supplies are just a few of the items we are providing to families on a weekly basis. We are in this together! Your donation will have an immediate impact. Thank you for your support.

Helpful Tips For Adjusting

Thank you - Reylena Lopez, MSW - Director| Truancy Prevention Program

Create a routine — Change out of your pajamas, shower and make a to-do of all the things you want to achieve each day to create a sense of normality and productivity.

Break up your day — Find tasks to break up your day and, where possible, change your environment for different activities.

Take care of your body — Eat healthily, get plenty of sleep and exercise daily. That could include conducting indoor workout classes, stretching and practicing meditation.

Help other — If you’re not under strict isolation rules yourself, and you’re in a position to do so, find ways to support those in need by offering to run errands and collect supplies for them.

Stay connected — Make the most of technology and stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family via phone calls, texts, social media and video conferencing.

Limit media intake — Stay informed about the situation via reliable sources, but limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Prepare medical supplies — The National Alliance on Mental Illness advises, where necessary, asking your doctor for extended prescription supplies to tide you over for quarantine periods.

Fight boredom — Make the most of catching up TV series, reading and exploring projects you have been putting off to beat boredom and stay mentally active.

Avoid burnout — Set strict limits to your work to avoid becoming overwhelmed and make time to unwind.

Focus on the positives — Amplify good news stories and honor caregivers working tirelessly to resolve the situation.

Take one day at a time — Try not to project too far into the future. Remember that these are temporary measures and you are not alone.