Florence Agency Helps Boys and Girls Through The Pandemic

Feb 8, 2021

Amidst remote work, job loss and economic uncertainty during the pandemic, many families have also faced a new need and expense: child-care for their school-aged kids. Here’s how one coastal Oregon town helped fill the gap.

As the pandemic rages on, Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County has extended its hours and services to teenagers and elementary aged students in Florence. 
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A kid has a little fun playing ping pong at The Club.
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Many low-income families in rural Florence don’t have internet access. When Fall classes resumed on-line, there were some students who just couldn’t. Chuck Trent heads the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County.

“We have got to find a way for kids to be able to connect to the virtual classroom,” said Trent. “And we’ve ‘gotta make a way that our first responders and essential workers—they don’t have to worry about their kids while they have to go back to work to serve this community.”

Many students who do not have internet conductivity at home are attending classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Florence.
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With support from the City of Florence and United Way of Lane County, the Club now serves 20 teens and 27 elementary students-- all day. Online classes in the morning and life skills (culinary arts, financial literacy etc.) music, art and fun in the afternoons. Trent said most of their families receive scholarships.

Chuck Trent is the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County.
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After a morning of on line learning at the Club, kids are encouraged to play.
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