COVID-19: Bend Boys & Girls club forced to lay off staff during mandated closure

The Boys and Girls Club of Bend announced Friday it was temporarily laying of 22 employees due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The layoffs affect 7 full-time and 15 part-time employees.

The Club is suspending operations until April 28 and hopes to bring employees back onto its payroll as soon as practicable when the pandemic subsides.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” said Juliana Williams, BGCB Executive Director. “Our board believes the changes are essential to ensure the future of the Club.”

The announcement comes days after Gov. Kate Brown extended school closures through April 28.

On Monday, the organization announced it would temporarily remain closed through March 31 amid the coronavirus crisis.

“We’ve served a critical role in the community for 25 years and look forward to continuing our important work of empowering Bend’s youth,” Williams said.

As the situation develops and more information is available, BGCB will continue to communicate updates through email, social media, and its website ( Facebook and Instagram at @bgcbend.

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