Jacksonville's John Kay Named Boys & GIRls Homes Trustee

August 28, 2020

When Jacksonville’s John Kay was presented with an opportunity to serve as a member of the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina’s Board of Trustees he immediately accepted the call.

“I was at an event with the Greenville Jaycees,” said Kay. “I learned that there was an opportunity to become the North Carolina Jaycees Board Representative and as I am close to the Lake Waccamaw campus, I agreed to serve.”

Kay comes from a family dedicated to serving children in need.

“My parents are very involved in service to underprivileged children from around the world,” he said. “This is something that means a lot to me.”

B&GH President Gary Faircloth is grateful for Kay’s willingness to serve.

“John brings with him an enthusiasm and passion to serve,” said Faircloth. “He is a great advocate for the children willing to take action as soon as he becomes aware of a need.”

One need Kay quickly identified upon visiting the campus was the need to upgrade the transportation options for the children served.

“The Jaycees have committed to getting more vehicles for the campus, particularly a vehicle for our cottage in order for the organization to truly fulfill its mission,” Kay said. “I have met several of the staff and they are very committed to working with the children to help them heal and having newer vehicles will allow them to have more off-campus experiences once the pandemic limitations are lifted.”

Kay has not had much opportunity to see the campus at full activity levels recently due to those same pandemic related restrictions. It is something he plans to do once things open up more.

“I am very ready to get past the whole COVID-19 restrictions so that I can come out and see the farm and the Country Store in full swing,” Kay said. “There is so much beauty and potential with the campus facilities and I want to see this all making a difference.

“The campus is beautiful,” Kay continued. “You can tell that the money put into the organization is wisely used to provide the best opportunities for the children being served.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.