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3/27/20 Press release from Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse:
2020 Boys & Girls Club “Supper Club” and Virtual Programming
LA CROSSE, WI – A display of passion, support and community: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater
La Crosse began delivering meals to some of its most vulnerable members.
The Boys & Girls Club will be delivering 250 evening meals to kids in need Monday-Friday with 2 meals being
delivered to each on Saturday. “Our mission must stay strong but our methods in delivering these services must
be adjusted for the time being,” said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director, Jake Erickson. “It has been hard for
us to not see our members on a daily basis, but this is just one of many ways that our staff can stay connected
and support kids during this difficult time.”
The Waterfront Restaurant is preparing and packaging all of the meals for Club staff to pick up and deliver to
the families. The Weber Group’s Managing Director, Libby Spirer, says, “Our staff and our community have
always been a priority with The Weber Group, and the opportunity to support both through the operations of
The Waterfront Restaurant has been a blessing. Not only are we looking to keep our employees working during
this time, but we are able to fill a greater need by providing so many children in our community with nutritional
support. We are proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse.”
The Club has also received support for the “BGC Supper Club” from the La Crosse Area Emergency Response
Fund – A coalition of La Crosse Community Foundation, Great Rivers United Way, and generous business and
individual supporters. “”Local nonprofit organizations, like Boys & Girls Club, have done an inspirational job
in creatively meeting the needs of their participants who they have to serve in a different way now. A $10,000
grant to ensure local children get healthy meals is exactly the type of funding we’re looking to provide through
the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund,” says the La Crosse Community Foundation’s Program
Director, Katie Berkedal.
This time of uncertainty has created a lot of stress for everyone, but especially for families that were already
facing hardships. “I am a single mother Four. When we heard about the meal program through the BGC it was
a huge blessing. It has given us security and my children a full belly every night. We are so grateful for their
services, as well as the thoughtful notes they leave with each meal, spreading positivity. Each night we hang
their note on our fridge as a reminder that, even though we are all apart, we are loved and cared about,” said the
parent of a Boys & Girls Club member receiving meals.
In addition to evening meals, the Club has also began virtual programming to provide fun activities for kids to
do while they are home. “We are happy to provide activities that allow kids to put down their devices for awhile
and stay busy in fun and healthy ways. On a daily basis, our Directors are focusing on fun challenges, ways to
stay active and simple mental health techniques that can help them through this difficult time ,” said Boys &
Girls Club’s Director of Program Development, Teigen Haye.
The Club continues to be a resource for all, so please visit www.bgclax.org to participate in virtual
programming or find contact information to connect with Club staff if you are in need of assistance. “I have
always been very proud of our team, but now more than ever, I am so thankful to have a dedicated people that
want to do everything in their power to help our community,” says Erickson. “They are the true difference makers.”
The Catholic Charities warming center will be closing their downtown facility and moving into Cathedral’s gymnasium at 1319 Ferry Street, east of West Avenue, while school is out.
Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area and the Habitat Restore have suspended all business operations through April 4th
Free admission through 4/1
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and meal service programs are open and continue as planned but the administrative offices are closed. Staff are still available to help with support services, find resources, and guide those that need direction. If you are in need of help or know someone who is, please be sure to call The Salvation Army at (608) 782-6126 or email Christina Knudsen, Development Director of The Salvation Army at email@example.com.
Our Thrift Store located at 728 Copeland Avenue will be temporarily closed, Sunday Morning Worship Services and our Food Pantry services are suspended. Any future assistance regarding food pantry items can be provided by WAFER until further notice.
We’re asking that if anyone is looking to assist with volunteer needs, they can visit our website www.SAlacrosse.org or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointments available via distance only. Current program participants are encouraged to connect with their career planners directly.