February 5, 2021
Dear Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Family,

As you know, we are willing to do whatever it takes to safely remain open and serve our members. We are able to do so because of the incredible support we receive from our members and donors. I am writing to you today to share some of the amazing things our organization has accomplished throughout this pandemic, thanks to you.
March of 2020 marked the first time in 55 years that we had to close our doors. The pandemic forced us to conduct significant layoffs, and completely redesign our programs so that we could safely reopen to over 1,000 members. We did whatever it took to fulfill our members’ needs. We quickly developed virtual programming for our afterschool programs and RSD Swim Team, virtual lessons for our young Montessori students, virtual music lessons for students in our Youth Arts Academy, virtual workouts and challenges for our athletic programs, and much more, in an effort to ensure our youth had continued mentorship and a home away from home. As the school year approached in September, our youth and families needed us to become “Learning Centers” for full day care and essential learning support. We started our Back2Clubs Program which safely provides extended learning support, recreation, internet, homework help, art, STEAM projects, tutoring, fun, games, and more.
We launched this new programming knowing that we would have to raise $1.5 million just to get through the 20/21 school year. I am beyond proud to report that we recently hit our $1.5 million goal due to the generosity of our donors, a $200,000 matching campaign in September 2020, and strong end-of-year giving from our community! Although we have much to celebrate, we cannot rest just yet as we still have a ways to go, and 2021 carries its own uncertainties. I believe that we will inch our way back to the way things were, but it will take time. We must continue to come out in support of our youth. As we continue to look towards the future, the approaching summer and fall of 2021, we must expand our goal to $2,000,000, as we continue to offer our services at a significant loss. We know that with your continued support we can get there, and we thank you each and every day along the way!

We are in this together, and it would not be possible without all of you. Together, we have made an impact and a difference.
Marineke Vandervort
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
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