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We’ve been working hard to improve the lives of our youth. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

There’s no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area named Justin McNair of Lake City as the Pee Dee Youth of the Year during its annual Steak N Burger Dinner on March 9. The honor came with a $4,000 scholarship from The Carraway Turner Leadership Fund. He will compete in the state event in Greenville on April 1. Runner-up Sydney Morrison of Pamplico earned a $1,000 scholarship from The Carraway Turner Leadership Fund. A seventh grader at Hannah-Pamplico Elementary Middle School, she says the two words that best describe her are encouraging and ambitious. Her personal standard is “to strive for excellence.”

If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.

This March, celebrate National Women’s History Month by learning more and giving back. See how you can get involved, live altruistically and make a difference in the lives of girls and women around you.

Happenings from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area, including notes from each of the six sites, Florence, Hartsville, Hemingway, Lake City, Pamplico, and Timmonsville, as well as ongoing and upcoming events.

Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.

Even if you care about a cause, how can you ensure you’re a good fit for the position? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit for volunteering.

Find out how you can meet the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Youth of the Year from each Club site and be there for the announcement of the Pee Dee Regional Youth of the Year representative during the Steak N Burger Dinner March 9.

Ladies and gentlemen donned their best attire for an elegant evening of love at a Valentine's Soiree at The Bean Market in Lake City to benefit The Jack & Jill of America Foundation and the Lake City Boys & Girls Club & Youth Technology Center. Attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing, cocktails, and music featuring jazz saxophonist Dante Lewis. A total of $7,000 was donated to the Lake City Boys & Girls Club & Youth Technology Center. Lake City Club Director Stormy Gillens along with Board chair Patricia S. Parr and Board member Carla Angus accepted the donation.

“This isn't your average after school program,” says Brianna Douglas, executive director of The Byerly Foundation. “We really enjoyed spending time with students and staff and learning more about the opportunities and challenges in serving our youth.” The Club serves more than 100 students every day and offers programs in STEM, literacy, health, fitness, and so much more. It provides a safe space for children ages 6-18 with positive, caring adults 252 days a year.

Valentine’s Day can be much more than a holiday to spoil your loved ones. This February 14th, consider spreading the love in altruistic ways. Check out these tips to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Corporate Matching Gift Programs can increase the impact of your donations to charitable causes, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. Many large corporations have these programs, often called community relations or social responsibility, to invest in the communities where they are located or they serve. It's popular for employees but also profitable for companies in terms of actual revenue and maintaining staff.

Ross Stores Inc. is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a three-week program called Help Local Kids Learn. Beginning February 11, customers in the Florence area can make a monetary contribution at their local Ross Dress for Less (“Ross”) location during checkout to be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area, through March 5.

Black History Month is a time to remember, celebrate and commemorate the achievements and contributions by African-American men and women throughout U.S. history.

Give yourself and your loved ones the greatest gift this American Heart Month by focusing on making heart-healthy decisions towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.

The Rick & Susan Goings Boys & Girls Club held its first Youth Brunch Party, hosted by Saferia Cumbee and Tevin Hayward, on Saturday, January 21, at the club, 51 Lewis Road, Hemingway. The party celebrated securing the $100,000 Challenge Grant at the end of 2022.

There are plenty of ways you can continue to volunteer your time and efforts to make the world a better place—even from the comfort of your home or inside the warmth of an organization! Check out these eight opportunities to give back during the winter.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area have been featured on the January 2023 cover of Diversity Works Magazine. The article discusses the prestigious W. Errol Sewell Award recipient, the Clubs' Executive Director Neal Zimmerman. 

Mr. Richard Harrington and Ms. Ellen Pearson received Frankie Awards - named to honor the late Frank Avent, a longtime supporter of the Clubs - on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, during the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area Board of Directors Annual Meeting at the Floyd Conference Center at MUSC in Florence.

New board members, Chloe Davis, Merrette Dowdell, and Dr. Richard O’Malley, were elected for one-year terms during the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area Board of Directors Annual Meeting January 17.

Taking time to honor Dr. King’s legacy, not just on his birthday but every day, helps inspire young people to build an equitable world where everyone can thrive. At the Club, all youth are empowered to be themselves, share their stories and learn from each other in safe spaces with positive role models. They also demonstrate Dr. King’s leadership by participating in service-learning projects, volunteering and rallying to address critical needs in their communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped make the world a better place and advocated for equal rights for everyone. Use MLK Day as a time to honor his legacy by giving back or doing something good for somebody else.

With a new year comes new opportunities to give back and do more good. Remember that there’s never a bad time to start giving back. Even if you fall off track, there’s always time to get back in the saddle.

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend together with family, friends and loved ones. However, it’s also an opportunity to give back

The Lake City Boys & Girls Club & Youth Technology Center sponsored 76 students for Christmas.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The 36th Annual Pepsi Carolina Classic presented by South Carolina Federal Credit Union takes place Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 29, at Wilson High School, 1411 E. Old Marion Highway, Florence, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee.

When it’s time to start a new healthy habit, it can be pretty difficult. If you want to start the new year with a habit that will actually stick, check out these tips to get started.

South State Bank Senior Vice President and Boys & Girls Club alum Sedrick McCallum presents a $5,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area on Wednesday, Dec. 14, for building and program upgrades to the Rick & Susan Goings Hemingway Club.

Human rights should be protected at all costs. You can get involved this Universal Human Rights Month and continue to spread the word year-round

This giving season, give more than just stuff to your friends and family. Give the gifts of experiences, charitable giving, delicious food, your time or something handmade.

The new year is right around the corner, and with a solid altruism plan, you’re sure to have the most successful giving year yet!

There are many ways you can say ‘thank you’ to the people in your life. Use these ideas both today and year round!

The workplace is a space to get stuff done. However, it doesn’t have to be all about making money. In fact, the workplace can be a great place to give back.

Although the weather is cooling down, that doesn’t mean volunteer opportunities are also cooling! Use this season to participate in activities made for the colder months.

This year, GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, November 29th, and November is right around the corner! Whether you’re wanting to donate, organize a fundraiser or volunteer, the time for action is now!

Here’s a few reasons to celebrate this momentous anniversary of United Nations Day, and how you can use it to promote altruism within your own life.

One person can inspire change for the entire world. This year, celebrate National Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 22. Check out these ideas to help get you started with making a difference in your community and the world.

While Halloween is normally reserved for scary-good fun, that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved to benefit a scary-good cause!

Living a positive lifestyle has more benefits than just “feeling better.” Focusing on positive thoughts can actually impact your overall health.

When it comes to saving our planet, small steps make a big impact. Every person can make an effort toward reducing their carbon footprint and living a more altruistic lifestyle for the world.

Take the time to find out how those around you like to receive gratitude, appreciation and love. You’ll find that meeting them with the love language they most appreciate will help strengthen your relationships.

Journaling can not only improve your personal life, but it can also improve your altruistic focus. As it turns out, regular writing in a journal has a lot of surprising mental and emotional health benefits.

This September, remember to focus on you and your personal growth. Even small steps can add up to huge results over time. It all starts now!

Positivity is something you may not always possess, but there are ways to bring it into your life. Surround yourself with positive people, and remind yourself of the positive things in your life and the positive qualities you have.

Taking the first step to volunteer or get involved with an organization is hard, but these steps can help you dive in!

Back-to-school time can be a learning experience for everybody, even if you don’t have school aged children. It’s a time to remember that no matter where you are in life, you can continue to learn!

Water sustains life. Therefore, it’s vitally important to all of us. This August, celebrate National Water Quality Month by being aware of your water habits and taking steps to ensure clean water for everyone. When we have clean water, we can lead satisfying lives.

Family Fun Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of the summer before your children head back to school. Take advantage of these creative and altruistic ideas in order to have the best Family Fun Month possible this August.

Take advantage of the simple ways to find total wellness during August to celebrate National Wellness Month.

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