With partnership from Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke is excited to operate a free teen drop-in program every Wednesday in the summer! Starting Wednesday June 2 and operating until August 18, the Club will facilitate middle school and high school basketball, volleyball, cultural dance outside in the park, and weather permitting gardening as well as have the chance to cook outdoors on the grill! The hours of the program will be on Wednesday’s from 5pm to 8pm for ages 13 - 18 years old.
Most importantly, our teens will have a chance to reconnect with their friends, develop positive relationships with mentors, and create lasting memories while engaging in healthy lifestyle programs. For more information, please contact Ben Mann at
As Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke reopens, there will be changes, safety precautions and new procedures to follow every day. Since COVID-19 pandemic forced statewide business and school closures in March, we have been working in collaboration and with direction from state and local health departments operating as an Essential Worker Childcare Program. The Club continues to react and implement health and safety changes immediately as soon as the guidance is released. Health and safety regulations will significantly impact how our clubs will operate and the number of youth we will be able to serve as we reopen. Please review the following information carefully.
Safety is the number one priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holyoke, and we are doing everything possible to keep children, staff, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. We continue to monitor all updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts State Department of Health, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and City of Holyoke Public Health for updated information. We are advising all staff, families, and youth to take precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
In compliance with guidelines from our state and local health departments, Clubs will operate with a minimum of 1:10 ratio (one staff members to every ten youth), and majority of program activities will have two staff members in rooms. Groups will stay in separate program areas, and Club staff will be utilizing masks as well as gloves when handling food. Youth will receive an overview of safety information daily, as well as strict guidelines for hand washing and sanitation procedures.
Each day all members, staff, family and guests entering the building will be required to comply with check-in safety measures, including but not limited to temperature checks, health screening, and sanitation procedures.
National Summer Food Service Program & School Year Dinner Program!
Students may need a break from the classroom and virtual learning for the summer, but they shouldn’t have to miss out on nutritious meals and snacks critical to their healthy development. This is why the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke (HBGC) is participating in the National Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) facilitated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Starting July 6th and ending August 21st at Main Club site on 70 Nick Cosmos Way a snack and a lunch will be served to youth enrolled in our summer program Monday – Friday.
HBGC Dinner Club will also be operating this summer and has been extended through June 2021! A nutritious “Grab and Go” dinner and snack will be available to all youth 18 years and younger throughout the summer, regardless of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke membership. Dinners will be served from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday distributed at the following sites:
• Churchill Homes HBGC satellite Unit located at 334 Elm Street
• Beaudoin Village HBGC Satellite Unit located at 15 Barret Drive
• Toepfert Apartments HBGC satellite Unit located at 22 No. Summer Street
• Deliveries to children are available upon request - please contact Ann Mann to coordinate logistics
For more information on our summer food program call Ann Mann at (413) 536-7366 ext. 126 or email .
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: . This institution is an equal opportunity provider. May 2020
Healthy Lifestyle Programs encourage our members to adopt a healthy diet, practice positive lifestyle choices, make a lifelong commitment to nutrition and fitness.
Members participate in daily fitness challenges, and enjoy a wide range of intramural sports activities in the Club gym, pool, boxing and dance program areas. The Clubs provide healthy food to our members every day, help young people make nutrition and wellness habits a daily practice, and empower youth to avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs.