Sandy Cyphers Named B&GH TRUSTEE

August 28, 2020

Wilmington’s Sandy Cyphers was named to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina’s Board of Trustees in July.

“We are so grateful to have Sandy return to serve in this capacity,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “She is so incredibly passionate for the children and such an advocate for the mission of the Homes.”

Cyphers has known about B&GH since she was a child growing up in Bladen County a mere 20 miles from the Lake Waccamaw campus.

“I remember speakers from B&GH coming to speak at my home church,” Cyphers said. “Our Women’s Mission Group always did things to benefit the children.”

When Cyphers went to Southeastern Community College and completed her Associate of Arts degree she gained a better understanding about the services provided by B&GH. Yet she did not truly become involved in supporting the organization until she joined the Jaycee women around 1980.

“That was when I truly became involved and got to know about the mission of serving abused and neglected children,” Cyphers said. “Meeting and helping the children has truly kept me connected over the years. Providing a loving, residential home for children who truly need it is such an important mission.”

Cyphers involvement continued with the Wilmington Jaycees, N.C. East Optimists and the Wilmington Woman’s Club. She served on the Board previously, but even during her time away remained active in supporting Boys and Girls Homes.

“I served as co-chair with fellow Wilmington resident Sheila Boles on the Wilmington Charity Breakfast Committee a couple years ago, and we raised $75,000 to support the children,” said Cyphers. “I am hoping that we will be able to have some big fundraisers like that once we move beyond the pandemic.”

Cyphers is excited about getting to work with the other Trustees to help guide the organization forward.

“I am excited to be working together with so many of my friends from my previous service,” she said. “I am excited about the work we are going to do to improve the lives of children and to share the mission with more people.”

Cyphers sees expansion in the organization’s future through a variety of paths.

“I want B&GH to continue to grow,” she said. “I believe that Thomas Academy, our public charter school on campus, can help fuel that growth. It has been so good and done a stupendous job in the education process. As it continues to grow, it will help more people become more knowledgeable about the purpose and mission of the Homes.

“I want to see B&GH connect with more companies to find partnerships that will continue to support the children,” Cyphers continued. “I hope that will help us expand our territory of service to reach more children and families in need of our services.”

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.