A letter from BGCSF President Rob Connolly to supporters:
Not surprisingly, this has been a deeply challenging last four and half months. I am really proud of our staff, our staff leadership, our Board of Governors, our partners, and our donors.
We pushed through every obstacle in our pathway, and I am proud to share the following highlights and milestones since March 17:
As we prepare for the new school year with no signs of the health crisis abating, our team is gearing up for more frontline services. The disproportionate impact of this pandemic on people of color shines a light on the complex barriers to success that our families face. BGCSF remains resolute in standing on the side of the kids and families who need us most. Our plan, provided the new health order allows for it, is to keep ten sites open while continuing to offer virtual services at no less than eight locations.
The support of the BGCSF community has enabled us to build a strong foundation of people, places, financial resources, and trust. We are confident that we will EMERGE STRONG from this crisis. These are challenging times for everyone, but so much more challenging for some. The Club is and will continue to be a critical beacon of hope for kids and families.
My best to you and yours,
BGCSF is currently offering free support and training to Black-serving and Black-led individuals and organizations participating in The Dream Keeper Initiative, a citywide effort launched in 2021 to reinvest $120 million over two years into San Francisco’s diverse Black communities.
April is Arab American Heritage Month and I am excited to both reflect on what this month means to me personally and share how BGCSF and Camp Mendocino engage Arab youth and their families.
We are pleased to highlight a member of our Senior Leadership Team, Erin Gutierrez. Erin has served the BGCSF community for 15 years. Her experience spans multiple roles across the organization and provides a powerful and unique perspective on the holistic impact of BGCSF.