That night everything changed.  My dad was given custody.  We moved states and my dad brought us to this Boys & Girls Club.  I hated it...I was in shock, I went from a dope house surrounded by druggies to a Club where every-one kept telling me they cared. But I thought nobody cared. I thought I was better off dead...Then they slowly started winning me over. ...So while many people think of the programs and the buildings when they donate, I want you to donate because of the people.  I want you to donate so that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield will continue never to quit on the Ashleys, the Jacobs, the Nathans, and the Lilys.

- Ashley, member

I never saw empathy from strangers until I came to the Clubs.  When my mom worked late, they let us stay later.  When I was sad, they asked what was wrong.  I went from a place where I didn’t want to hug anyone to a place where these strangers told me they cared.

- Amaia, member


Women who Inspire Us: Donna DiVirgilio

Donna managed the Stoneham Club for 42 years and the adult bingo fundraiser for 45 years. She now works with Alumni, grandparent groups and fundraising. Donna grew up in Stoneham and still resides here with her husband Moreno, also a longtime…

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Long-awaited Teen Center in Stoneham finds a home

Boys & Girls Clubs opens at former All Saints’ Episcopal Church Site As writer William Edward Hickson once said, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again.” After a deal fell through to acquire the lease for a new…

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Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate National Women’s Month

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield is celebrating by continuing to share powerful stories of the women of BGC history in its “Women who Inspire” Series. The series celebrates women…

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