Basic Needs

Basic Needs Programs

All youth who come to the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh find a safe environment, caring adults, healthy meals and snacks, and quality programming. However, the additional ways we help individual kids and families is very unique. We help meet the basic needs of our members by providing trips to the eye doctor or dentist, haircuts and showers, and, in some cases, assistance with tuition and help finding a job.

Tri-County Community Dental Clinic

The Tri-County Community Dental Clinic makes several visits to the Club each year and provides care to qualifying Club members. Care includes basic cleanings, X-rays, sealants and other more comprehensive dental services.

The mobile clinic is funded by the J. J. Keller Foundation, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, John E Kuenzl Foundation, ThedaCare Foundation, Mielke Family Foundation, Woman’s Fund of Oshkosh, Jane & Tad Shepard Family Foundation and Oshkosh Corporation.

If you would like more information about the dental clinic visiting the Club, please contact Family Support Coordinator Julie Morris at or 920-233-1414, ext. 30.

Dental and Vision Care

This program is for Club members who do not have any form of insurance or medical assistance. The Club provides basic eye exams and eyewear for Club members in need. Members who need care beyond what is provided by the Tri-County Community Dental Clinic are able to receive assistance through this program.

If you would like more information about this program, please contact Family Support Coordinator Julie Morris at or 920-233-1414, ext. 30.

Wet Hair Club

The Club’s Wet Hair program helps members meet their personal hygiene needs and learn skills to become more independent. Youth who are in the program are able to shower and wash their clothing at the Club, receive haircuts, and work one on one with our Family Support Coordinator to learn about healthy hygiene habits. They also will receive clean clothing and hygiene products as needed.

If you would like more information about this program, please contact Family Support Coordinator Julie Morris at or 920-233-1414, ext. 30.

Meal Program

The Club provides free breakfast, lunch and snacks in the summertime and free dinner and snacks during the school year with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Summer Food Service Program. In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, the Club is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Childcare Director Lindsay Clark at or 920-233-1414, ext. 14.

Back to School Fair

Oshkosh’s annual Back to School Fair, organized by 35 local organizations, including the Club, is held each  August at North High School. Over 1,000 kids in the community are provided school supplies, from backpacks and clothing to hygiene products and haircuts. For the first time in 2016, the program provided shoes to all elementary kids in need. Families must be referred by one of the participating agencies in order to participate in the fair.

If you would information about the Back to School Fair, please contact Center Director Lori Fields at or 920-233-1414, ext. 13.

Adopt a Family

Club families who are in the greatest need work with Club staff to create holiday wish lists for each child in their family (including toy and clothing needs and wants). The Club matches each family with a donor. Wish lists are given to donors, who shop and wrap gifts for their adopted family.

If you are interested in adopting a family for the holidays, please contact Boys & Girls Club Marketing Coordinator, Katie Huebner at or 920-233-1414, ext. 22.

If you are a Club family who is interested in being adopted out for the holidays, please contact Program Director, Danielle Bittelman at or 920-233-1414, ext. 24.