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

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Boys & Girls Clubs, Children & Youth

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. About two-thirds live in single-parent households whose annual income is below $24,000 per year. Nearly one-third (29%) of our members are teens. Slightly more than half (56%) are boys. We especially target youth who are not receiving services from any other youth agency.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,200 youth

Geographic areas served: 3 counties (Florence, Darlington & Williamsburg)

Programs: Programs for girls and boys that support academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character & citizenship.

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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..

Sophie W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with for the Boys & Girls Club for over 10 years. Each year has gotten better & better.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The 6 clubs under this banner lives up to their promise of preparing young people to become active, successful young adults.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization serve underprivileged children in our city who would have no place to go after school. In addition, their fees allows low income parents to be able to afford a safe place for their children to go after school.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that works hard for the youth of our community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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