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Now, more than ever, it is important to offer families a childcare choice that is safe, enriching, and fun for Estes Park children. In early 2020, the Boys & Girls Club’s Estes Park summer program faced financial uncertainty, Estes Park United, United Way of Larimer County, and other generous donors stepped in to ensure kids who need out of school care the most, got it. The result? Thirty-five percent of the program costs were covered and kids had safe, affordable care for the sixth summer in Estes Park, Colorado.
Since 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, in partnership with Estes Park Elementary School and the Food Bank for Larimer County, have operated a summer program to give Estes Park youth access to a fun, safe, and enriching environment while their parents worked.
Each summer since 2015, BGCLC would return to Estes Park with hopes of eventually growing into a year-round program. This year, the pandemic contributed to BGCLC extending programs in Estes Park after the summer program to provide remote learning support.
Now, to support students year-round, BGCLC developed a comprehensive partnership plan with the Estes Park School District. The Club will support students specifically in the Newcomer Program, both throughout the school day, and then direct the Boys & Girls Club after school program once the school day is completed.
The Boys & Girls Club after school program consists of homework help, academic enrichment, fitness and recreation, arts, and building health and life skills. This model provides consistency for both youth and families; it also gives additional support to some of the most vulnerable youth in Estes Park. Generous donors support this free programming for students.
With a $75,000 annual commitment for the next three years, United Way of Larimer County is proud to provide sustainable support to this program.
“This was an opportunity to both meet the unique and equity-focused needs in Estes Park that impact all of United Way of Larimer County’s priority areas, and demonstrate a new and explicit way of working as a sector. We want organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County to provide their critical services, making meaningful impacts, without also having to do the heavy lifting of fundraising alone. With the additional partner of Estes Park School District literally opening their doors, it was an easy decision for us to join this partnership,”
said Deidre Sullivan, President and CEO of United Way of Larimer County.
"Boys & Girls Club has been a lifesaver for my family. We could not have gotten through the summer without them. We are so grateful that they are now operating year-round in our community. My kids love it there and we know they are safe and having fun every day," parent of an Estes Park Club Member.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County’s CEO, Kaycee Headrick, says, “We are honored to be able to offer this type of service to the youth and families in Estes Park. We know that this partnership will benefit some of the youth and families that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County consists of a safe place, staffed by trained professionals, offering premier youth development programs to youth ages 6-18. In Larimer County, BGCLC is the least expensive, comprehensive, facility-based, out-of-school program that includes meals, diverse positive youth development programming, and mentoring. BGCLC provides services in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland, and Wellington and serves over 3,000 youth annually. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, visit www.BeGreatLarimer.org
Copyright 2015 United Way of Larimer County