WEST ORANGE, NJ — A new COVID-19 Relief Fund has been created to support local Boys & Girls Clubs, including the one in West Orange, which has been distributing meals and supplies to kids and families; providing childcare services to workers on the front lines; supplying virtual programming and providing virtual mentoring; and tutoring young people to keep them engaged at home.

"The COVID-19 shutdown has far-reaching effects in many things often taken for granted," said West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi. "Boys & Girls Club throughout New Jersey are facing challenging and difficult times ahead. Contributions to this relief fund will help them continue to provide a vital service to the community which so many depend upon."

According to Susan Haspel, state director of Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey, said that these clubs "will be vital in rebuilding communities and preparing youth for future success.” As the national organization is determined to continue providing after-school opportunities for kids across the country, Haspel urged community support for the statewide COVID-19 Relief Fund in order to "help clubs to meet the continuously evolving demands of this pandemic and ensure clubs are there to serve our communities in the recovery period of this crisis.”

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"Helping the youth of today with donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey truly is an investment in our future," said Parisi. 

Donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey COVID-19 Relief Fund will help ensure that these local clubs can continue their response work while also providing "critical youth development services after the crisis abates," according to the New Jersey clubs. 

CLICK HERE to support Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey COVID-19 Relief Fund.