Community Connection

At Boys and Girls Homes, we truly believe in the importance of connection with the community.

That is why we make every effort to participate in community events throughout the year, including the Lake Waccamaw Labor Day weekend Take the Lake event.

More importantly, we continue to make every effort to be good neighbors. One year ago this month, Hurricane Florence battered our community. While our youth and residential staff were evacuated to the mountains, there were several staff members who remained behind. This group helped with the community’s efforts in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Our facilities became a place of respite for the first responders working around the clock to keep the community safe as the floodwaters rose around the lake. In the days following the storm, our campus became a central location for food and supply distribution. We turned a failed generator into a blessing for the community, cooking the food and holding a hot meal distribution event multiple times for those who needed not only the comfort of a warm meal but the connection with others.

Over the past year, we have continued to work with the recovery efforts in both the community and on our campus. We have new roofs on several buildings and new generators to provide power to the cottages when the next storm hits.

Our youth have helped with continued community efforts, including volunteering with the Lake Waccamaw Food Ministry and even serving food at the Take the Lake festivities.

We are truly grateful to be a part of the Lake Waccamaw and Columbus County communities. We know that our neighbors contribute to our success daily and we plan to continue to do the same for our community every day.

Gary Faircloth is the President and CEO for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

 

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