Make A Difference a philosophy for B&GH

November 18, 2019

Lake Waccamaw, NC – A group of youth and staff from Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina joined with other volunteers at the Lake Waccamaw Food Ministry for the Saturday distribution to neighbors in need on Oct. 23.

Although it was national Make A Difference Day, the activity was not something specific for that day for the B&GH group.

“We truly believe in the importance of connection with the community,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “We know that our neighbors contribute to our success daily and we plan to do the same for our community every day.”

In addition to the work with the Lake Waccamaw Food Ministry, the youth and staff at B&GH are active in the community in a variety of ways.

“We want our youth to learn the value of community contribution from the day they arrive,” said David Passmore, vice president for residential services. “This comes from a variety of projects, like working with the annual Take the Lake events, supporting events at the B&GH Farm and Benton/BTS Arena & Exhibition Center, and even providing treats from our culinary arts program to a variety of events.”

The work within the community is not limited to the youth.

“Several of our staff volunteer in the community on various committees with a goal of making Lake Waccamaw and Columbus County better every day,” said Passmore, who currently serves as the president of the Lake Waccamaw Friends of the Library Board, Whiteville Rotary President and serves on the leadership team of Lake Waccamaw Presbyterian Church.

Faircloth is active in the Lake Waccamaw Lions Club, the Whiteville Civitan Club, and serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Development Director Mike Garrell is active on various committees and boards in Columbus County.

“We could not make a difference for B&GH children without the support we receive from the people and businesses of Lake Waccamaw and Columbus County,” said Garrell. “With such great community support, we want to pay it forward and make a difference for all our Columbus County neighbors.”

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.