Dodge Connection – Communities in Schools of Dodge County
In 2001, the board of Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County began the process of starting a Boys & Girls Club of Dodge County, Inc. We received a Community Development Block Grant and renovated the old Community House. We then built an additional building and soon realized that we would need additional space to accommodate different age groups. We received a loan from a local bank and built another. The B & G Club of America supported the organization for years. An anonymous donor funded the Cafeteria and gym with the playground. Things went well for many years but the finances diminished and the doors were closed in May 2012.
Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools opened the facility the next week as “The Club”. The After School program follows the school calendar and is open until 6 daily. Students K-12 are transported to The Club after school. Following snack time, homework assistance provided by college students, serving as Americorps members. Age appropriate groups participate in games, sports, art, enrichment and Computer Lab activities. Fees are generally $125 per month. The Summer Program hours are 7:30 until 6pm daily (closed week of July 4th). Fees are $150 for summer months. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.
Of course these fees do not cover the operating cost of this facility. It is supported through community partnerships and in kind contributions. The City of Eastman provides the facility, Carl Hickman does the maintenance and repairs, Oxley Performance handles our technology needs and Earl Rogers, CPA provides bookkeeping services. Family Connection funds cover the overhead cost and Board members contribute their time and treasures. Americorps staff are funded through funds from Ocmulgee Operation Round Up and Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Who We Are
Communities in Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. Our mission is to surround students with a community support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in
Your gift will help provide youth with the programs and support that they need to stay in school and prepare for life. Our vision is for ALL youth to stay in school and prepare for life. Your donation can help make this a reality.
Volunteering with Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County is an excellent way to give back to our community. You can make a difference in the lives of the youth we serve in Dodge County.