The Boys & Girls club of the Pee Dee has been a great experience for me. The have seen the Club change so many young peoples life and prepare them for success!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area provides youth with a well-rounded program that is relevant to youth. This organization has done a GREAT JOB impacting the lives of so many deserving youth; including mine.
Great place for kids! They have implemented tons of safety measures to keep our kids safe during the pandemic. They also provide nutritious meals for kids throughout the year.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee is an amazing organization, and I am just sorry that I didn’t know more about it before I joined the Board in January of 2019. We meet once a month- I remember thinking that was a lot of meetings.
Now I understand WHY! You cannot imagine how much information is shared about our six clubs and the decisions/participation that take place.
Neal Zimmerman is a born leader with the ability to connect with people, coordinate the pocketbook, and preach about this organization. His energy is enviable, as is the energy of the staff( and the kids!) The programs are well run and the kids are thriving, even during the months since the Corona virus landed on our shores.
I am proud to be a member of the Board, and proud of the Pee Dee Boys and Girls Clubs. We are strong, resilient, and able to adjust to the challenges that we have faced and will continue to face. I look forward to the future of our Clubs and the many young lives we will touch!!
What a privilege to serve on the board of the Boys and Girls of the Pee Dee! I joined the board in February 2019, and I continue to be amazed at the organization its vision and the village if you will. Neal Zimmerman is energetic, committed, and able to focus on the big picture but also the little things that add so much to this organization. The staff is warm and personable, and I have found them to be hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to make things run smoothly.
The cooking classes, the robot experiments, the sports, the events with NASCAR stars and professional athletes, the help with homework are just some of the things that come to mind when I think of the many offerings that our six clubs give to these children. The children have a safe place to go, the parents have peace of mind about them, and our area benefits tremendously from the support and guidance that the clubs offer.
I have served on many boards in past years. This one is a standout in so many ways, and I really appreciate the opportunity to see first hand what is happening with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee. I told Neal recently in a note...There are so many fish in the sea(I.e. the children we serve)- keep fishing!! And I believe that they will.
I feel as though they serve as a great resource for our youth and have done a super job with working with managing during COVID.
I have served on the board of the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club for several years and have witnessed the tremendous positive impact this organization makes on our community. The staff is very dedicated to their mission to serve those children every day.
They organization is vital to our community. Our school district has listed this organization as the only organization that is meeting the need of our kids during this pandemic.
It is amazing how the youth come back and share what the Boys & Girls Club meant to them. I've heard stories such as: "The Club saved my life," "I was inspired to play sports because of the Boys & Girls Club," or " I discover my passion because of the Boys & Girls Club."
Though this organization, like any organizations isn't perfect, lives are being changed and youth are being affected in a positive way...
This is an extremely well-run organization that does so much good for the youth in our community. I have been blown away by their dedication and positive impact.
BGCPDA is an excellent organization that strives to provide top-notch programming to the youth of the community! They have done amazing things for the Pee Dee Area!
Th Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area provide a safe and fun place for kids to go after school and during the summer!! The staff truly care about their Club members and serve as a support system for years, often times even after members graduate high school and leave the Clubs. Many former Club members even return as staff members after they reach the age of 18!
My two kids have attended the Club and the Club gave them there first jobs as teenagers. The job training skills they learn at the Boys & Girls Club helped them become the productive worker they are today.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee provide a safe, fun and educational environment for the youth of our area. Outstanding staff, coupled with experienced and dedicated leadership provides opportunities for the overall development of the youth membership.
Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee go to great lengths to invest in the future of the young people that they serve. From academic coaching and assistance to helping young people to navigate the societal challenges that they face, these club leaders not only instruct they lead by example. They are making a significant difference in the future of these young folks because they genuinely care about the future of those they are serving.
We have 6 clubs in the Pee Dee area serving young people daily at a very reasonable cost or no cost to some less able to pay. The results are phenomenal. The children perform better in school, are exposed to the advances in technology, and develop the appropriate social skills. They learn to behave more maturely and to be considerate of others. I am proud to be on the board of the Boys and Girls Club in Hartsville and also the entire Pee Dee area board. The clubs have a more positive impact on young people than any other organization in my opinion.
I have been involved and active with the BGCPDA for more than 10 years. It is one the most efficient non-profit organization I have ever been associated with. The mission to serve all kids is what they do every day.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee provide an invaluable service to our youth. The staff provides a safe place to learn and grow while the children have fun. These clubs serve those that need it the most to become productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee inspires and enables all young people throughout the Pee Dee Area, especially those that need it the most, to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
BGCPA has been a great place to volunteer. The staff goes beyond what is required. They are appreciative of what the Board members does and is always willing to assist in board projects for the club. They seem to genuinely care for the students.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area provides youth with a safe and fun place to be after school and during the summer. There are various activities & programs to engage our youth and help them to grow.
It is a great and fulfilling adventure working with the Boys and Girls club. I have been given the opportunity to reach out and assist students who need help in weak areas in their learning. This seem to be successful because I am able to give that one-one contact that students require. students are motivated and willing to learn. Due to this students' academic performances show great improvement.
My experience working with the Lake City Boys and Girls Club has been a great one! As a professional working with students on a daily basis during regular school hours, it is indeed a benefit to communicate and interact with some of the same students I teach after school so that greater rapport can be established. The opportunity all students have to develop social, teamwork, and life-management skills through interactions with peers and workers are limitless. I look forward to seeing how much impact I can help make in sharing my knowledge of academics, particular math, as well as any personal experiences that can be applicable to their own lives.
as a parent of three who attend the Lake City Boys & Girls Club it is a very good experience of having my kids to attend this facility. They get help with they home work, they made new friends, they go on trips, and they also learn different things every day. I would recommend anyone to let they kids attend the Lake city Boys and Girls Club. Staff is very nice and they are very active with the kids.
I was so lucky to get to spend a week at the Boys & Girls Club in Florence. I was incredibly impressed with the level of dedication displayed by all staff and volunteers of the club. The kids were so loving and clearly had strong connections with the staff and it was overall such a fun environment to be a part of. Kids were eager to work hard to get their homework done so that they could go play with their friends in the Art Room, Gym, Game Room, Swing set, or any of the other child-oriented activities available to the kids.
I had the amazing opportunity to stay and assist at this nonprofit for an entire week along with a few others who are my closest friends now. This nonprofit does a stellar job in showing the youth that they too have a chance in the world. The staff is friendly and they give the kids great projects to do in order to increase their critical and social skills. Walking into the place I was immediately filled with joy as I heard kids laughing and having a great time. The staff knows the adversity they face but they do it all for the kids and come in ever single day ready to serve them. It is truly a special place that anybody would be lucky to step foot in.
my kids have been coming maybe 2 weeks now. at first they were shy. now I can hardly get them to come home. my son is more open to meeting people and talking. my daughter is more involve in school projects and been more spontaneous.. I wouldn't trade this place for the world.. im, glad my kids go here.. AND I just absolutely love the same.. I could give 10 stars I would.. amiss. dawn soto.
I had an amazing experience working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. Everyone was very friendly and helpful in getting us volunteers settled in.
I had the amazing opportunity to stay at and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Florence. Not only did I witness the passion of the employees and volunteers but I saw the love and enjoyment the children experience at the club. I was fortunate enough to spend time with the children while also contributing to various upkeep and decorating projects in the Boys and Girls Club. The BGC works hard to provide support, guidance, and resources to kids who need it and the benefits are evident. It is a warm, welcoming, and nurturing environment focused on the success of the children they serve.
My children have been coming to the Boys a Girls Club at Hannah Pamplico EMS for the past two years and I must say I wouldn't trade my decision to let my children come here for nothing in this world. BGC has been a major plus in my kids' life. From helping them with their homework, the many activities that they do on a daily basis, the programs and workshops are just amazing. Even throughout their summer programs. They really care about the kids' education, well-being, fun and exercise, and safety. I just love overall everything that the BGC is doing with the children. They also have family night about once a month which interacts the parents with what is going on and every event and been wonderful. I truly love BGC of Pamplico and everything that they do for the children..
I did a one week externship at the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area. This was a very educational and fun experience for me. I learned a lot about how non-profits work and really enjoyed working with the kids and the employees at the club. The Boys and Girls Club is such an important aspect of the Pee Dee community and I'm glad to have been a part of it, if only for a week!
I have worked with for the Boys & Girls Club for over 10 years. Each year has gotten better & better.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee serve at risk youth in 6 different communities across the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. In these communities, these maybe the only extracurricular activities they participate in outside of school.
The clubs provide mentoring services, safe secure environments, and citizen education to provide these young adults with the social skills to succeed in life after high school.
The 6 clubs under this banner lives up to their promise of preparing young people to become active, successful young adults.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area serve over 700 children a day with after school support that includes adult mentoring in character development, homework assistance and tutoring, access to computers, healthy life habits and encourages teens to prepare for high school graduation and a career after high school or to focus on obtaining a college education.
The success of the club is due to community financial support and the commitment of our staff to each of the children that we serve. Bottom line...impact and positive influence is being given every day in 1 of our 6 area clubs.
Incredible organization with a great staff at each location, a dedicated Board and most importantly, tremendous kids! Lives are changed here and our community is better because of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee.
As a Board member, I have the delight of hearing countless success stories children whose lives are changed due to the dedicated staff and volunteers who support this great organization. Seeing the work that goes on and the joy in the kids eyes is a true testament. We can only impact the lives of the children in our community with support from those in our communities. Helping our Kids grow and develop makes our community better! If you have not checked out the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee, what are you waiting for?
Every child needs a place 'to go' and a place where they can be a part of something 'good'.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area provides that place for hundreds of young people in our area. We need to ensure that "that place" is always available. We need to ensure that encouragement tempered with challenge is always available to our future men and women of the Pee Dee Area.
I am proud to serve on the Board for the Boys & Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area. The experienced staff provides a safe environment for some of the most disadvantaged youth in our community to learn and play. It is exciting to see the new programs that the staff is working hard to constantly secure funding to implement with the kids.
Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee serves the children of our community that need help the most. The clubs serve as a safe place for children to learn and play. The staff serves as role models that many of the children do not have at home. My first experience with this organization was 12 years ago when I was volunteering for the Junior League of Florence. After talking to a 2nd grade club member I learned he was hungry because he was one of 6 children that lived with an unemployed single mother and he was being bullied at school (kids were taking his free breakfast and lunch). The club was the only place he was being fed and felt truly safe. Every child deserves to be fed and feel safe in order to excel in life, and B&GC of the Pee Dee is leading the way in our area to fulfill this need.
Great organization that works hard for the youth of our community!
I participated with a volunteer group that was organized by my employer to assist the B&GC for a few hours one afternoon as groups of kids rotated through several fun, hands-on activity stations. The task for my station was to build the tallest possible tower with jelly beans and toothpicks. Wow! I saw first-hand a wonderful blend of creativity, competition, and excitement from the youngsters. The assigned staff-persons exemplified a wonderful blend of loving support, wise counsel, and firm discipline as needed when unfavorable behaviors got excessive. I was quite impressed how the B&GC personnel so carefully channeled those youthful energies into such constructive results. This experience made me proud and confirmed my recent choice to be a B&GC board member.
BGCPDA is highly visible in the community. They touch hundreds of area children's lives each day. We have a very engaged Executive Director who keeps everyone abreast of the activities across all of the sites. I am proud to support BGCPDA
Great organization - improving the lives of countless youth in the Pee Dee area, one step, one project, one dream, one life at a time.
Throughout my time at the Florence Boys & Girls Club, I have been a Youth Member, Teen Staff, and even a Teen Volunteer. All of these things have truly brought many learning experiences to my life.
The Dedicated Staff, Positive Executive Director, and Board Members want to get involved with the youth to transform the life of a child. They have helped me along the way by Mentoring me to become a young man who is Humble, Respectful, and a Future Leader who will go the extra mile to encourage the members that come after me. I have been in the Club ever since I was very young. I have seen this top-notch Non-Profit grow through all the different phases and Maturity of the staff.
I am highly honored to know that this club has come exceedingly far, and still is growing.
Making a difference in the community building future leaders with strong character, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship. Proud to be part of such a great and caring organization!
It's truly an honor to devote my time, treasure and talent to our PeeDee Boys and Girls Clubs as the positive results are evident not only in the impressive statistics but also in the hopeful faces of the remarkable children we serve everyday! From Mentoring and Healthy Habits Programs to Technology Labs and Job Corps, we are preparing our future leaders to succeed in today's economy. The Staff tirelessly and selflessly serves those who need us most...our kids!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area provide a wonderful service for our community and the children they serve.
My experience with this organization was very meaningful and educational. The staff was very helpful and engaging,which means alot when you are leaving your children with strangers. I felt a sense of relief knowing that they were cared for and safe. Now I'm a board member, who wants to offer back to my community because I know what impact it had on my family when my children attended. As a single parent with three children, it offered my children a positive outlook on life. The Boys and Girls Club changes the lives of children and is much needed in all communities.
Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee is a standout organization in the region. Many young lives are positively impacted by their involvement with the Club. The children and staff all have a sense of pride, and the club works hard to build character, work ethic, and a mindset of service to the community.
Outstanding experience! Fund raising, facility projects, mentoring, building lives! What better way to give back - and feel a great sense of pride!!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area make a difference in the lives of many at-risk children, and by helping them, the clubs help families and the community. The clubs are a safe after-school environment and offer much more than play time. A caring staff of passionate professionals helps students with their homework and computer skills while building character and self-esteem. The club's mission is "to inspire and enable all young people from throughout the Pee Dee Area, especially those who need us most, to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens." This isn't just talk. It's action.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area is definitely a leader in the non-profit sector. Management is professional, responsive, timely, and very frugal in use of their monetary resources.
The executive director is hands-on, genuine, and mission-oriented. This management style is embraced by all staff.
We work with lots of non-profits, and this organization is definitely top-notch.
A board member for over 10+ years and Treasure 6 years - have viewed first hand the impact and influence that the Club along with its directors makes. Educational and personal skills that follow the boys and girls club members are so valuable. It is so heart warming, when one of the former members comes back to the club or an event and you learn that he or she is an engineer, attorney, banker, etc. The BGCPDA makes an impact!
I have seen first-hand for several years how this organization provides a safe place for children to gather after school and during the summer months. While at the Club, members are able to get valuable help with school work, able to learn new skills such as gardening and cooking, and able to develop positive social and character skills through many interactive programs and activities. The administrative team does a remarkable job managing the resources provided and those they obtain through many individual and private donor sources.
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.
Great place for Boys and Girls in Florence to study, learn and socialize. The staff is very knowledgeable and is always there for advice. Best of all it is a fun, safe place to go! Highly recommend it!
I was honored to serve as a Board Member for this club for 9 years. During that time I had the opportunity to mentor one of our club kids. Saleisha was blessed to win SC Youth of the Year, go on to graduate college and has just recently earned her degree from Law School. Due to the Boys and Girls Club influence she not only learned to dream big! She lived those dreams. I can't say enough about the dedicated team work of the Board Members and Staff Members at all of the Pee Dee Area Clubs. They truly save lives of 100's of kids every day!
I was honored to serve on the Pee Dee Area Board for 9 years. The staff is superior and the kids thrive in the many programs provided. My favorite experience was mentoring a young girl that became our State Youth of the Year. I attended her High School Graduation, she graduated college and is now a first year law student. She could have never made it that far without the support of the Boys and Girls Club. I wish I would have sent my son to the Club so he would have had more positive roll models. They teach them life skills, manors and give them a safe place to learn while having fun. These clubs save kids lives.
BGCPDA is an excellent organization from the top down. Staff makes great effort to ensure the success of the kids, and it shows.
This is such an outstanding organization and asset to our community. The services and stability they provide to so many is invaluable and such a blessing. On top of all this, the young people will always find an open door. Thanks Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area for all you do for so many people!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area provide a great service for their community. Through their after school programs, they assist the area's children with their education. Moreover, they provide daily meals to kids who often may not get dinner at home. Having volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, I can honestly say that it is an amazing organization whose members really care about the community that they are serving.
This organization strives daily to create a safe and respectful environment so that everyone that comes through their doors has opportunity for individual growth.
I had the pleasure of leading a group of volunteers from the Boston College Appalachia Volunteers on a trip to the club in Florence, SC during Spring Break of 2015. The work this club does is incredible and incredibly important. What stood out most to me about this particular Boys and Girls Club was how completely dedicated the staff members were to what matters the most--the kids. Every thing this club does is for the kids. They genuinely went above and beyond to provide this service to Florence, SC, and I could tell even during one short week there that the afternoons the boys and girls spent at the club were truly impactful and formative. I learned a ton from everyone I met here that week--The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area are truly a great nonprofit.
I have been serving on the board for about seven years. The commitment of the staff, board and volunteers is amazing. We are exposed on a regular basis to a great club outcome story. Makes serving on this board very humbling and gratifying.
I have been a board member of the Pee Dee Area Boys and Girls Club for several years. I have had numerous opportunities to talk with the kids over the years and have been told on several occasions "The Club saved me" or "I don't know where I would be today if it had not been for (insert staff name) at the Club".
I have been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area for several years and continue to be amazed by the committed board members, the wonderfully dedicated leadership, the awesome staff, and most of all, the amazing kids who all make serving this worthy cause a source of joy and fulfillment. Together, we do make a difference in our future!
Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee is an incredible organization with an awesome staff, a dedicated Board, and business community members who are all committed to serving the youth in our community. Certainly one of the top not for profits in our community!
I spent a week volunteering with the club last spring with a group of college students and it was a great time. Everyone working there has a great attitude and showed so much dedication, an irreplaceable group. But more than this the kids at the club were amazing. If you show them you actually care you can really see them blossom.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area was a wonderful environment to be apart of when I volunteered there this past spring break as apart of the Boston College Appalachia Volunteers. The entire community made us feel so welcome and I enjoyed every minute being able to serve the community. Everyone on staff was incredibly nice and and caring, and really made our stay in Florence a trip to remember. The kids at the club were awesome and I loved being able to help them out, as well as getting to spend time with them throughout the week. Overall, the Boys and girls Club of the Pee Dee Area is a wonderful place that really helps the community it serves, and truly makes a difference in the lives of the children and their families.
What an incredible experience working with the Boys and Girls Club of Pee Dee. Not only do the staff members care so much about the kids, but they make volunteering there a great experience as well. Our group was coming to the Boys and Girls Club for a spring break service trip, and while we knew we would be staying the week at the Boys and Girls Club we had no idea how above and beyond the board of directors, site administrators, and staff members would go to make us feel at home. We all brought sleeping bags with an understanding that we would be sleeping each night on the floor, but upon arriving the board members and site administrators told us they had rounded up cots and blow up mattresses for us to sleep on-- along with more snacks and food than we knew what to do with! Each day we would help around the club (painting, cleaning up, etc) and then when the kids would arrive we would get to play with them and it was wonderful. Often, when volunteering at various organizations, volunteers are given little direction or are given small, menial tasks to stay occupied. The Boys and Girls Club was not like this at all as they fully integrated us with their program and fundraising efforts-- like a BBQ fundraiser where we helped to cook and distribute food. The Club has made an incredible impact in these kids lives-- in giving them mentors to look up to, educational direction, access to healthy food every day, and a place that is safe and fun for them to grow as youth.
I found the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area to be a really special place. The staff members are incredibly helpful and caring, as I learned from my week of service there in March 2014. It is evident that these men and women truly have the children's and organization's best interests at heart. The children that attend this Boys and Girls Club location are so smart and wonderful to be around. It is clear that these children benefit from their time at the organization and that the staff works their hardest to help each individual child reach their full potential. The Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area is an admirable organization and I send them all of my best wishes!
The Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area is truly a remarkable place. I had the wonderful opportunity of leading a trip of Boston College volunteers during the spring break of 2013. During this week, we were able to volunteer at the BGC and assist with landscaping, cleaning and planning activities for the children. When it was our time to leave at the end of the week, I can honestly say that there were tears in my eyes. The interactions between the staff and children were so nurturing and compassionate. The individuals at the BGC truly care about one another in a way that I believe is unique to this specific club. I was able to speak with and get to know Susan, Neal, Decar, Michael and Justin, to name a few, and I have the utmost respect for them all. They were all so hospitable to the BC students and made us feel welcomed into their community. I am eager to get back to Florence to see the club again, but it brings me great happiness to keep in touch with the club. I cannot speak highly enough of this organization and the work that they do for the children of the Pee Dee area.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee serves as a safe haven for children after school. In a safe and secure environment programs are offered to further develop childrens learning. Computer labs help them with social media skills and homework. The trained and caring staff are role models that promote a postive attitude and teach life skills.