Coronavirus Updates


Thank you for visiting the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area’s website for our latest updates regarding the Coronavirus and its effect on Club programs and operations.

Learn more about 2020 summer programming.

COVID-19 and tax-deductible donations: The recently enacted government stimulus bill, the CARES Act, provides additional tax relief for donors. Learn more.

Our youth at the Boys & Girls Club need your help now more than ever. View this letter to see our COVID-19 response.

Please, make a gift today to support our kids and this community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Give now.

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Important Resources

Click here to visit the CDC’s website

Click here to visit the MDH website

Call 651-201-3920 (Monday-Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm)

Provided by the Minnesota Department of Health

Click here to visit the county’s website.

Click here to stay informed about updates from local agencies in our community.

FOOD:

  • Vincent de Paul can also be contacted for food vouchers and we will mail or deliver in Bemidji, leave a message on our help line and we will return your call 218-368-6606.
  • Churches United is offering food vouchers: Phone Number:218-444-1380 Email: cunited@paulbunyan.net  Call ahead or email to schedule a time.
  • UPDATE: Journey Outreach is giving away food Sunday’s at 1:00pm in the parking lot west of the County Administration Building on Irvine Avenue to whenever the food is gone…usually 1 to 2 hours.
  • Bemidji Community Food Shelf is open Monday’s and Wednesday’s only, do not call ahead. If you need food delivered call the food shelf to see if there are available options, must give 24-hour notice. Phone: (218) 444-6580

MENTAL HEALTH:

  • Mental Health USA: For adults struggling with depression. Online support groups (weekly). Faith based, peer led & open to the public. Contact: Valerie Saviano, valeries@mentalhealthUSA.org or call 815-670-4173
  • Evergreen/Kelly Brevig:  Here’s a link to a free hour long Gatekeeper training that is being utilized by schools in place of our Evergreen Suicide Prevention training. It is available for anyone that would like to share with youth or clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnhi2OpwUEg&t=6s.
  • Jeanne Strate (Evergreen Family Support) is available 218- 556-3191
  • Please continue to share the Mobile Crisis number with individuals for any Mental Health crisis or connection with resources.  We are cotinuing to meet face to face 24/7. The mobile crisis number is 1-800-422-0045.
  • Text MN to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor (also available through Facebook Messenger)
  • NAMI MN has on-line mental health support groups https://www.nami.org/Support-Education.  In the meantime, families and Individuals of people with long-term mental illness are welcome to Hope House  if they need to talk. 218-444-6748, x 109
  • Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 through Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/mental-health-first-aid-for-covid-19-online/a6R3o0000014Zlg.html 

 

For more information:  https://www.crcinform.org/local-agency-updates/

CLUB UPDATES

May 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Our staff have been working hard during this pandemic to find the best and safest way to re-open our Clubhouse. Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted in Minnesota, we are pleased to announce that we will begin to re-open the Club on a limited basis.

More information can be found on our website:
https://www.bgcbemidji.org/join-the-club/

 

 

April 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm

In compliance with the extended stay-at-home order from Governor Tim Walz, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area Clubhouse will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to utilize our Cyber Clubhouse page for fun, engaging, and meaningful virtual learning experiences to ensure that Club members receive the support and guidance they need. Staff will continue to work from home. Please visit our website for contact information and to learn more about our dedicated efforts to stay connected with youth: bgcbemidji.org

 

 

March 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

In compliance with orders from Governor Tim Walz, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area Clubhouse is closed until further notice. Club staff will be working remotely at this time. For staff contact information, see our website: bgcbemidji.org

Thank you! Stay safe.

 

 

March 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

BGCBA Club staff joined local leaders via conference call Friday afternoon to learn what our community is doing to prepare, respond, communicate and share up-to-date COVID-19 information. A new website has been established to act as a hub of county, public, data and community info! Check out https://covid-19-response-beltramicounty.hub.arcgis.com/

 

 

March 16, 2020 at 5:14 pm

Dear Club supporters and families,

Your concern for our community children is much appreciated as we respond and prepare for the evolving challenges related to the health and safety of our Club members, staff and volunteers.

Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz, and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students from March 18-27.
Our policy, as announced last week, is to follow the Bemidji School District’s protocol regarding COVID-19 and emergency school closings. So, our Club will remain open today and tomorrow and close in accordance with the school district plan effective March 18.

In these unprecedented times, we remain committed to doing everything we can to support our Club youth while also protecting the safety and well-being of all. We are grateful to have your support in that effort.

Over the next two weeks, we will be identifying the best protocol for serving our youth while following the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We are working closely with the Bemidji School District, Sanford Health, Bemidji State University and other community partners to coordinate plans and avoid duplication of services if possible.

See note below about emergency care workers, meals for students and the governor’s mandate on childcare.

We know that this is a difficult time for our Club families, our staff and volunteers. We are grateful for your continued support.

This is also an evolving situation, so please stay tuned. You will find updates on our Facebook. Or get automated updates on the Remind App by texting @bemidjibgc to 81010.

 

Andrea Kent, executive director

 

 

March 16, 2020 at 9:13 am

COVID-19 UPDATE for March 16: The Club will be open for after school programming today and tomorrow.

However to ensure childhood safety and minimize the risk to our community, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area will follow Bemidji School District (ISD#31) and close starting Wednesday, March 18 – March 27.

Club leadership is in frequent communication with ISD#31 leadership about ways we can continue to support each other and our community families during this unprecedented time.

Thank you for your patience, resiliency and for helping keep our community safe!

 

Andrea Kent, executive director

P.S. For the most current Club information, continue to check updates on Facebook. Or consider joining the Club’s Remind App by texting “@bemidjibgc” to 81010.

COVID-19 UPDATES

EMERGENCY CARE WORKERS: The Bemidji School District is working to make childcare accommodations for emergency workers such as healthcare providers, emergency medical team providers, law enforcement and other public services. Childcare will be available for eligible families from 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., M-F. We are working closely with the school district to support that effort but do not intend to duplicate services.

ISD 31 STUDENT MEALS: Children enrolled in ISD 31 schools are eligible to receive free meals during the shutdown. ISD 31 will furnish breakfast and lunch to children who attend Bemidji Public Schools. This does not include students at charter or private schools.

 

LONG-TERM CLUB PLANS: In his mandate, Governor Walz encouraged childcare providers to stay open. He also directed the Department of Human Services to submit strategies to continue support “for center-based and family childcare centers…” Our Club is an afterschool, drop-in center, which is different than a licensed childcare provider. Our Club offers donor-supported programming and relies heavily on work-study students from Bemidji State University to provide our youth programming. We plan to look carefully at our staffing structure and the needs of our Club members to determine when and how we will operate if Minnesota schools are subjected to long-term closings. Our Club typically serves 150 children a day. Our top priority is their safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and community.