Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   57 reviews

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Location: PO Box 93 Florence SC 29503 USA

Mission: Our mission is to inspire and enable all children from throughout the Pee Dee area, with special concern for those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Target demographics: youth ages 6-18. Well over half live in single-parent households whose annual income is below $25,000 per year. Nearly one-third (30%) of our members are teens. Slightly more than half (53%) are boys. We especially target youth who are not receiving services from any other youth agency.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,700 youth
Geographic areas served: 3 counties (Florence, Darlington & Williamsburg)
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843-662-1142
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have witnessed the many good results of kids who have gained a great self-confidence and sense of self by participating in the many programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee. I have judged their Youth of the Year contest and have been impressed by the confidence the contestants have had in front of people who they have never met. I have seen them perform at our community events with a self-confidence my own children did not show at that age.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee are making a difference in each child's live that attend regularly.

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I have been a borad membe for about 5 years. The dedication of the management and staff of the organization has the needs of the youth they serve at heart. The actions, thoughts, and desires of the board and staff are to provide the best for the yout we serve.

I have had the privilege to interact with the youth on a couple of occasions and I have witnessed the good the organization is doing for these young people.

The club has a number of very successful alumni who are starting to come back and give back to the clubs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a funding source to allow for a second club in Florence and a perpetual source of funds to help the continued operations of the clubs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee provides a vital role in hundreds of children and teens' lives each day. The life skills, positive and encouraging environment and accountability provided by adult mentors is a life changer for many of our youth. Thank you to the staff, leadership and community for providing this service to the next generation. It is a worthy and necessary investment.

Erik Marechal

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add another club in florence

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been involved with BGCPDA for 6 years and continue to feel stronger each year about the necessity of the programs and services provided to children in our community that need them the most. The staff is excellent and reinforces to the club kids that they are respected and valued and have a contribution to make to society and they are encouraged to find their gifts and talents and to persue goals for the future. Kids lives are transformed as they participate. The Board is striving to enable the club to expand its reach in Florence and the surrounding community in the future. Help us with this vision by volunteering and come visit the club to see it in action!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to push to reach more middle school and teens.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area impacts the lives of hundreds of children in our community year -round. Adult mentors form relationships with the kids based on level of respect and accountibility and a desire to grow and to mature. Male staff are particularly important to our children that need a "father figure" role model in their lives. A small donation goes a long way to transforming childrens' lives. Once you visit the club and see the face of the kids, you will realize the critical importance of the club. Go, visit and you may be transformed into a vounteer of financile supporter of the club.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Boys and Grils Clubs of the Pee Dee provide outstanding opportunites for the youth of our area to learn importnat life skills, learn responsibility, how to work on a team and how to apppreciate and to thrive in a diverse learning/work environment. They also develop good study habits and improve their communication skills. The clubs are staffed with an outstanding and dedicated group of leaders and volunteers who are committed to improving the lives of the youth who come to the club.

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Of all the organizations in many communities across the U.S., that attempt to address issues of poverty, crime, early childhood education, positive life skills, etc....Nobody does it better than Boys and Gilrs Clubs!The commitment from the staff to the children in our community to do and offer so much for their future success, is in my opinion, simply unmatched by any other organization or group.....Their dedication, energy, unselfishish devotion and use of limited resources are making a positive impact and changing lives not only of the children who come to Boys and Gilrs Clubs of the Pee Dee but also the lives of their families and their community....

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have had the pleasure of serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee for over 16 years now. I find it to be one of the most worth while and rewarding experiences. We at the Boys and Girls Clubs are making a difference in the lives of children all over the Pee Dee. Young people from disadvantaged circumstances get the advantage they need to succeed. This is on community service organization that is worthy of everyone's time and support. Get involved and help save a young Boy or a Young Girl from a life without opportunities and help to give them what they need to succeed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish that they had the staff and resources to have a boys and Girls Club in every section of Florence and the Pee Dee so that all children could have this opportunity, "a chance to have a chance!"

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee is at the top of my list of agencies that I intend to stay involved with and to support in any way I can. They are making a tremendous difference in the lives of the young people they serve. The staff is dedicated to seeing that each child is equipt with all that they need to have a good future. They are willing to learn and to change as needed to continue to improve for the beefit of the children they serve. They understand that continuous improvement is the key to staying relevant, effective and efficient in their program and support/mentoring of every child they serve.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

AS A LONG TERM BOARD MEMBER AND FORMER CHAIRMAN I CAN CONCLUDE THAT WITHOUT OUR REGIONS CLUBS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD NOT GET THE QUALITY DIRECTION NEEDED IN THEIR LIVES.WE OFFER NOT ONLY HOPE BUT LIFE SKILLS NEEDED TODAY......

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

MORE MONEY FOR THE PROGRAMS

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member for 2 years. The local Pee Dee area clubs make a difference in the lives of youth in ways that truly have an impact for a lifetime. Not just on the individual youth, but also indirectly on the " health " of our local communities by empowering our children to become contributing menbers of society.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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As a new board member , it was encouraging to see the diversity of the board. Each member has different resources and talents , but each member is working together to make a differnce in the lives of the youth of our community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee does a fantastic good of providing a safe, clean, caring place for children in our area to attend and become involved rather than being left at home or "on the streets". Studies confirm that participants in our Boys and Girls Clubs do better in school and have a higher self esteem than their peer groups. As as donor and boardmember, I apprciate how effecive our area clubs are with the limited resources provided.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee for almost 10 years. They serve a portion of our Florence community that need assistance in the worst way. Over 70% of the households have one parent or less, and are considered to be living below the poverty line. Without the positive influence of the Clubs in our member lives, I'm not sure where these children would end up in society. The good news is that because of the staff and the solid educational programs they provide, these children have a fighting chance to better their lives and the lives of those around them. To my knowledge there is not an organization that is more influential in children's lives than our Boys and Girls Clubs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee for almost 10 years. I've also been on numerous other non-profit boards during the same time period. By far, The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee is the most outstanding organization that I've been involved in. The staff and the programs that they provide are second to none. Most importantly, the Clubs are life changing and life saving in a number of situations. They provide an environment that is safe, educational, and non-judgmental. The majority of the children that attend the Clubs need a positive influence in their lives and that's exactly what the Clubs accomplish. The impact on these children is immeasureable. There is nothing more incredible to hear than when we get an opportunity to listen to one of the members explain what the organization means to them and their family. I will remain on the Board as long as they will have me and I can try to help them achieve their mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member for over 13 years and truly see the difference that the clubs of the Pee Dee have made.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I had add more clubs to cover all of the Pee Dee region

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been serving on the board for the Marion Center for approximately 3 yrs. It has been very reqrding and a blessing to me to see what the center has done for the children in Marion. Some of the children have experienced things they otherwise would not have if not for the B & G Club. Since opening the center in Marion we have seen an improvement in the childrens grades. Parents are telling us of the positive affects they see in their children. It excites the board to know that we are making a difference to a lot of our children in Marion County.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see others get as thrilled about the club as our board members. I hope to see us grow to the point we can open a club in Mullins and Nichols.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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