To the Editor:

Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah's members, Staff and Board of Directors are deeply sorry to hear about Big Brothers, Big Sisters closing their doors at the end of this year. We have had the opportunity over these past years to work with staff of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and have considered it a great privilege. The opportunities they have been able to offer youth will surely be missed. As a smaller non-profit youth development organization ourselves, we know too well the challenges of raising operational costs and relying on community donations and grants to keep functioning for the betterment of youth in Ukiah year after year.

We find our name, Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah, is often confused with that of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. We wanted to reassure the community that Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah's doors are and will remain open. Our after school program continues to provide a safe place for our members to come, play, study, and just hang out every Monday through Friday after school until 6:30 pm. BGCU's belief is as long as our building can accommodate it, we will work for funding to increase our ability to serve the families in the Ukiah Valley. So, we have room for your child.

For more information about our Club, please visit our website at www.ukiahbgc.org or on Facebook at Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah. We will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 7:30 am til 5:30 pm.

Our deepest regards go out to everyone who has worked so hard over these past many years creating the wonderful program in Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Thank you for all the work you have done in our beautiful community.

Liz Elmore

Chief Professional Officer

Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah