As we enjoy the holiday season, Welcome To Sanford is taking liberty of modifying our Business of the Week feature, in order to honor some of the notable non-profits that help to make our community extra special. We begin with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, which celebrates 2 notable anniversaries this year. In 1994, community leaders began the process of creating program to address the challenges facing young children in our society and established a working relationship with the national Boys & Girls Clubs organization. After opening its doors a year later at St. Clair School, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina moved to Jonesboro Elementary School in 1997. Then — 20 years ago — the club relocated to its current location at 1414 Bragg Street. With 17,000 square feet and 2 floors, the O.T. Sloan unit has served thousands of area children over the past 2 decades.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina is dedicated to serving youth from the ages of 6-18. From homework assistance to games, athletics, workshops for young men and women, to drug prevention programs, the Club offers young people a range of fun, productive, and learning activities. The O.T. Sloan location is open each day after school from 2:30 to 6:30, and has an average daily attendance of roughly 300 children.
Each day, the staff at the Boys & Girls Club works hard to improve each child’s life by implementing self-esteem, courage, and positive values through all of their programs. Children receive tutoring, computer training, sports education, homework help, mentoring, and much more. They also benefit by gaining confidence and a sense of usefulness and belonging. The lessons and support these area children receive every day last a lifetime.
Over the years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina have expanded to serve children in Chatham County at the Wren Family Center site in Siler City and, as of August 2019, in Harnett Country at the Robin Page Center in Lillington.
From its inception, the area’s Boys & Girls Club has benefited from extensive community support from local businesses, non-profits, individuals and organizations. Adcock & Associates Real Estate — founding sponsor of Welcome To Sanford — is among the many corporations that actively support the organization. A recent 5-course dinner fundraiser from Cooper’s Restaurant and Camelback Brewing raised nearly $7500 in funds to support the Clubs’ programs and overall mission. If you, or your business or organization, is interested in supporting this vital community asset, you can visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina’s website. And to see more of the amazing activities undertaken by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, consider attending the Sanford Chamber of Commerce‘s AM Buzz networking activity this Thursday morning, beginning at 7:30am, or follow the club on Facebook.