The Lower Eastside Girls Club Community Action Fund
The Lower Eastside Girls Club is here today and here to stay- and doing everything in our power to support our community in this time of crisis and trauma. Right now, the services we provide are needed now more than ever. With your participation, we have launched a Community Action Fund!
As you can imagine, COVID-19 and its effects are putting the health, well-being and safety of our members at risk - many who have lost their safe spaces. The Girls Club is a parallel family, a lifeline, a place where girls grow physically, mentally and emotionally, and they need us now more than ever.
Your donation to the Community Action Fund has helped us:
Provided short-term cash infusions for non-food necessities
Provided homemade masks and cleaning supplies
Sourced produce from local organic farms, and distributing food and takeout meals for families of 4+
Sent books, art supplies and computers
Daily check-ins from staff, assessing the needs of each family
Provided online mentoring, tutoring and online resources
And this is just the beginning! Against all odds, over the past two and a half decades, we have built one of the most exciting and innovative educational spaces in the country. We have been ‘first responders’ since day one. We got through 9/11, the 2008 financial crash, SuperStorm Sandy- and we don’t plan to give in now!
While we work to support our community's relief effort, we are also working to provide as much care and support directly to our members. So here’s the plan:
Safe Summer Programming
We have opened our doors for safe and staggered summer programming. Click here to read all of the precautions we are taking to ensure our staff and members are safe and healthy!
From March to the end of June, our staff continued to teach classes virtually. This provided a safe social space for our members and to create family supports that promote mental health in these extraordinary times.
Our citywide leadership initiative, New Girl City: Agents of Change will continue to serve high schoolers in a four-week virtual seminar series. Participants will be focusing on bringing civic action projects from the Spring to full implementation through a robust social media campaign.
Health and Wellness From Home
We look forward to offering virtual health and wellness workshops, fitness dance and meditation classes for the entire community. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
Click above to review our 2019 - 2020 Annual Report
We are prepared for whatever new reality we’ll be living in. In fact, as the past year drew to a close, we acquired an additional 5000sq. ft. of adjacent commercial real estate on Avenue D to open a new intergenerational Family Center for Wellbeing and Happiness to address the already existing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autism, cancer, and a mental health crisis) facing our community. These services will be needed more than ever as our collective community begins the long road to recovery from this current trauma.
Here’s our financial situation:
Click above to review the Financials in our 2019 -2020 Annual Report
We do an amazing amount of work on an incredibly modest annual budget. This is due to the dedication and commitment of our staff, many of them local moms: community leaders and heads of households. As we create new ways to continue to serve and support our members and neighbors, it is imperative that we keep our working ‘family’ together. Our sources of support to date have been diverse (government, individuals, corporations and foundations) and loyal- but we have no idea what the future will bring.