Senator Lewis and Delegation Secure $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield for Accessibility Improvements and Performing Arts

Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Michael Day, Kate Lipper-Garabedian, and Donald Wong are pleased to announce that they successfully secured $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield as part of the pandemic recovery legislation recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Baker.

This funding will be used to help ensure disabled youth and all members of the community can access the Clubs programming, and to support the development of performing arts spaces at the Stoneham Teen Center.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs are invaluable to the Stoneham and Wakefield communities and they have done amazing work supporting our youth and families throughout the pandemic,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “I’m very pleased that this funding will further support the Clubs’ efforts to serve all youth and families in our communities and expand their programming.”

“These funds will help the Boys and Girls Clubs develop their performing arts programming and make accessibility improvements at the Stoneham Teen Center,” said Representative Michael Day. “The teen center is a terrific resource for students in our community and the programs offered are critical to building leadership skills in their formative years.”

“I am pleased that the Wakefield delegation secured significant funding for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield,” said Representative Lipper-Garabedian. “The organization is a community leader in supporting our youth and their families throughout the year.”

“The $100,000 could not have come at a better time or for a better organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs serve so many of our youth; a safe and well-run organization,” said Representative Donald Wong.

“This is a transformative investment that will make an immediate impact and help hundreds of local youth. This funding will be used to expand art and music offerings while also making critical capital upgrades so we can serve disabled youth,” said Adam Rodgers, Boys and Girls Clubs CEO. “A special thank you to Senator Lewis and his District Director Emily Granoff who has coordinated efforts with us on this. I know Emily worked with our staff on various weekends to make sure this funding was secured.”

The bill, known as An Act relative to immediate COVID-19 recovery needs, uses federal monies received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as well as the Commonwealth’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget surplus.

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