Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Announce Transition of LaVarnway Club Staff and Members to nearby Clubs
MILWAUKEE – (August 30, 2021) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it will sunset the Augusta M. LaVarnway Boys & Girls Club at 2739 N 15th Street in Milwaukee. BGCGM has been leasing the building where the LaVarnway Boys & Girls Club is located from Milwaukee Rescue Mission (MRM) for almost five years with the understanding that BGCGM would shutter the space at the end of the lease in March of 2022. BGCGM requested an early evolution process whereby the LaVarnway location will close at the end of December 2021 to minimize any service interruptions for Club members. December provides a clean stopping point for members, while March would have affected students in the middle of the spring semester.
The 14 staff members currently working at LaVarnway Boys & Girls Club are guaranteed positions at another BGCGM location and all 88 children and teens enrolled at the LaVarnway Club will be invited to continue their memberships at another BGCGM Club location. There are 44 Club locations in Milwaukee and 8 are near the LaVarnway Club:
BGCGM will be coordinating field trips for members and their families to visit these nearby Clubs for “open house days” beginning in September. The field trips will provide LaVarnway Club members and their families the opportunity to meet other Boys & Girls Club members and be introduced to Club staff at each location.
Starting immediately and through December, BGCGM will continue to communicate and work with parents, members, and staff to ensure smooth transitions.
“Though this is a transition for our Club members and our LaVarnway staff, we are confident everyone involved will continue to benefit from and enjoy the opportunities the Clubs provide,” said Thornton-Bias. “Though the purpose of the bricks and mortar is evolving, the impact of those who brought the building to life will not be diminished.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) is one of the largest and longest youth-serving agencies in Milwaukee and the largest Boys & Girls Club in the country. With 45 locations in the city of Milwaukee, BGCGM provides youth ages 4-18 with fun, enriching after-school and summer programming including academic support, mentorship, organized athletics, arts, and nutritious meals. Our programs strengthen academic performance, build character, encourage healthy lifestyles, and meet the basic needs of Milwaukee’s youth. More than 80 percent of BGCGM’s annual budget goes toward youth programming. Learn more at www.bgcmilwaukee.org.
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