March 24, 2021
Legacy Place hopes that TogetHER the community will celebrate all the people who positively impact our individual lives and our region, including Julie Gage, the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club in Woburn.
A graduate of Bates College in Maine, Julie Gage found work at the Boys & Girls Club as its art director early in her career. Over time, as her relationship with the organization’s mission and community grew, Gage was promoted to executive director. Last March, when the shutdown began, Julie worked to transform the comprehensive programming she and her team had always provided the Woburn community. It began with an immediate shift to virtual programming and supply drop-offs, included checking in on the kids and their parents with phone calls, and was followed by opening the club as a formal learning center. This allowed children access to the technology and support needed when many parents returned to work. What powered Gage’s fearless and indefatigable efforts over the past year? “I recall about two weeks into it I shifted from the overwhelming panic of ‘What are we going to do?” into ‘How are we going to do what it takes?’”
The club–which services over 1400 members and attends to the varying needs of up to 400 students per day in five different locations–is a Woburn institution with a legacy of providing over 55 years of support to its community. Despite losing most of its event-related fundraising opportunities and the operating revenue provided by its childcare programs, Gage and the B&GC team have patched together a variety of grants, virtual fundraisers, and community support to find a way to service those in need. “Families need wraparound services regardless of composition, social standing, or economic class,” says Gage. “It was that way before the pandemic, and it is even more true now.”
Interested in supporting Julie and the efforts of the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn? Information and donations can be made here: bgcwoburn.org
Fun facts about Julie Gage