EL SOBRANTE, CA – BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF CONTRA COSTA was stripped of all of its computer laboratory equipment last week in an overnight burglary operation.
On Tuesday, March 20th, BGCCC staff discovered that an on-site storage unit had been nearly wiped out by criminals who stole dozens of items including computers, monitors, keyboards, and other valuable equipment. Additionally, there were several boxes of programming materials stolen which contained educational content for youth programs which had been prepared for summer camps to be facilitated by Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa.
The total loss from this incident is valued at over $20,000. While the BGCCC campus was insured for property loss, it is unclear what the financial effects of the of the loss will mean to the program this year.
“It is really heartbreaking that anyone would literally steal these learning opportunities from underserved children in our community. This equipment and materials were investments for our youth for computer lessons and summer camp programming. We will move on, but this is certainly a tough hurdle for us,” said Dana Fraticelli, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa.
The organization plans to rebuild its programming materials as quickly as possible as the organization nears the summer programming set to begin on June 18th. The BGCCC program serves up to 75 children each summer, ages six through 12.
The crime is currently under investigation by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, and any tips or information related to this crime should be directed to the Sheriff’s office at 925-335-1500.
Cash donations for support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa can be made via mail at P.O. Box 20090, El Sobrante, CA, 94520 or online by clicking the button below.
For more information, contact:
Dinah McFarlane, Resource Development and Marketing Manager
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa is a 501(c)3 organization that enables all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens by providing safe places to learn and grow, as well as life-enhancing programs.