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 are launching 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.


While we hunker down and socially isolate for the good of the world, your donation to our Community Action Fund has helped us:


    • Providing short-term cash infusions for non-food necessities

    • Providing homemade masks and cleaning supplies

    • Sourcing produce from local organic farms, and distributing food and takeout meals for families of 4+

    • Sending books, art supplies, computers and sewing machines to members

    • Daily check-ins from staff, assessing the needs of each family

    • Providing online mentoring, tutoring and online resources

    • Running a ‘virtual’ online Girls Club to enable our staff to continue to teach classes and provide safe social spaces for our members

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!

 

Donors of $250 or more will receive a special gift from our Girl Made and Fair Trade gift shop, La Tiendita. 

 

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:


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:

 

Online Programming

This week we are building a ‘virtual’ online Girls Club to enable our staff to continue to teach classes, to provide a safe social space for our members, and to create family supports that promote mental health in these extraordinary times. 

 

Stay tuned for the Tough Broads Virtual Film Festival

You don’t have to leave your home for quality short films! Coming soon: The Tough Broads Virtual Film Festival will premiere shorts on our YouTube channel, so we can engage while still being secluded. 

 

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.

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