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The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois plans to begin operating again this year

The logo of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois

The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois is making plans to being operating again in 2024.

Board Chair Russell Williams sent out a message that during the next few months:

The Club is committed to focusing on opening the Carbondale Club at a new site at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale

Reopening the Marion Club at the same location on Main Street

Welcoming youth back this summer

Collaborating with other agencies serving kids

Trimming non-essential spending

Outsourcing all finance activities and hiring a CPA firm to work with the organization to monitor financial controls

Starting an Esports program

The Club has a goal of raising $600,000 before opening its doors.

The Board of Directors reports it costs the organization over $500 a year to support one youth member at the Club. Annual membership fees are $20 per youth to attend.

Club leaders are asking community members to consider sponsoring one of their youths with a gift this year.

The easiest way to donate is through the Club’s website at https://bgcsi.org (click on “Donate”). Alternatively, you can mail a check to the Club at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois P.O. Box 3092 Carbondale, Il 62902. To help with immediate needs, please consider making a donation by March 1, 2024.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois will recognize donors throughout the year on the web, social media, and printed materials at the following Giving Circle Levels:

Legendary Circle: $5,001-up
Superhero Circle: $1,000 -$5,000
Champion Circle: $500-$999
Partner Circle: $250-$499
Supporter Circle: up to $250

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois closed last July.

Last June, CEO Tina Carpenter resigned after leading the organization for more than five years. She was a part of the organization since 2009 and oversaw the expansion from Carbondale to Marion and other parts of southern Illinois.

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