O.T. Sloan Park Boys & Girls Club (Sanford, NC)
In 1994, concerned community leaders met to address the increased teen pregnancy, school dropout, and juvenile justice crime rates for Lee County children. They chose a proven national program to help battle the issues.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America began working with them to develop a local organization. In 1995, St. Clair Elementary School was designated as the first site for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County and the Club received a Charter in December for 124 members. In 1997, the Club moved from St. Clair Elementary School to Jonesboro Elementary. During that time, the Board of Directors decided to construct a stand-alone facility. In 1999, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County opened a 17,000 square foot Club at 1414 Bragg Street: the O.T. Sloan Park Boys & Girls Club. This facility opened on day-one with no capital debt. Over the years, the O.T. Sloan Park Club has served thousands of children in Lee County and, today, it continues to do so with an average daily attendance of 300 Lee County children. The Club operates five days per week throughout the academic year and all summer long. In addition to Boys & Girls Clubs programs, the Club and its staff serve meals to children every evening after school and twice per day all summer long.
1414 Bragg Street
Sanford, NC 27330
Wren Family Center Boys & Girls Club (Siler City, NC)
Initially part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont, the Western Chatham Boys & Girls Club in Siler City first acquired its charter in 2010 and now serves 90+ children per day after school and all summer. In 2012, the Western Chatham Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board began conversations with Chatham County schools regarding the empty Paul Braxton School. A lease agreement was made and a capital campaign began to raise funds needed to renovate the school. In June, 2013, the Western Chatham Boys & Girls Club opened as the Wren Family Center in its new location at 126 S. 6th Avenue, Siler City.
The Boys & Girls Club is named in honor of the Wren family of Siler City. The Wren family were the proprietors of Siler City Mills and were a significant part of the founding of The Chatham Bank, which operated in Siler City from 1901 until it merged with First Union National Bank of North Carolina in 1961.
In October 2016, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County merged to become Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina. Soon after the merger, plans and actions to expand and renovate the unused wing of the school building began. Today, the Wren Family Center Club utilizes the entire building to serve 100 children per day during the academic year and all summer. The expansion includes a games room, program rooms for teens, new restrooms, a weight-lifting room and, as of fall 2019, a kitchen and dining room is being constructed. In addition to Boys & Girls Clubs programs, the Club and its staff will serve meals to children every evening after school and twice per day all summer long. Once all construction is complete, the Wren Family Center is projected to serve up to 150 kids per day year-round.
Wren Family Center
126 S. 6th Ave.
Siler City, NC 27334
Robin Paige Boys & Girls Club (Lillington, NC)
Work to establish a Boys & Girls Club in Lillington, NC began in 2017 when Daniel Simmons, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, and Emily Neville, a Harnett County resident and Park Scholar at NC State, assembled a committee to explore the idea of starting a Club in Lillington. At the time, Emily was an intern for Representative David Lewis (Rep.-Harnett) who appointed Emily to take the lead on the project. During the following two years, local research and assessments were performed and conversations took place in the community about bringing this much needed program to Lillington. During this time, the committee evolved into a Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council with Mr. George Womble elected as Chairperson of the Advisory Council. Mr. Womble was instrumental in assembling the current Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council and working with the Harnett County Board of Commissioners to advocate for the location of the Club at the newly renovated Shawtown Community Development Center. Ultimately, the Womble Family made an incredibly generous and transformational gift to start the Boys & Girls Club in memory of Robin Paige Womble. Robin, a native of Lillington, was an educator and had an incredibly compassionate heart for kids from disadvantaged circumstances. Robin spent much of her life working in inner-city schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Watts, Los Angeles- one of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Club was named the “Robin Paige Club” and will forever serve kids in her honor.
The Robin Paige Club opened to children on August 26, 2019. It currently serves 85 children per day, most who attend Lillington-Shawtown Elementary, Harnett Central Middle School, and Harnett Central High School. The Club is open five days per week throughout the school year and will be open all summer as well. Beginning in October 2019, all Club members will receive a meal each evening throughout the school year. Two meals per day will be served during the summer 2020 summer camp.
Robin Paige Club
Mailing address: PO Box 2610, Lillington 27546
Physical address: 645 Shawtown Road, Lillington NC 27546