Columbus Community Center (Columbus, GA)

Name

  • Name:Debbie Littleton
  • Title:Program Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Columbus Community Center
  • Address:3952 Steam Mill Road
    Columbus, GA 31907
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:706.685.0553
  • Main fax:706.685.1222

User Email

Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • Serve youth and adults with educational and recreational programs that promote individual growth and community spirit.

  • Overview:
  • The Columbus Community Center (CCC) serves at-risk and lower-income communities by rendering services such as After School Programs, Tutorial Programs, Summer and Spring Camps.
    The purpose of the CCC is to build a fellowship of people devoted to improving the quality of personal and social living in our community.

    The CCC promotes the welfare and culture of youth and adults. It works, with schools, churches, and the general public to provide an opportunity for everyone to attain the best possible physical, scholastic, moral and social training. Clubs, groups and organizations use the CCC for meetings, social affairs and community-related activities. Memberships are always welcome.
    The CCC provides students grades K-5 with access to homework assistance, tutors, cultural enrichment, and recreational opportunities. As a result, we not only provide our children with structured time and activities, but we provide countless parents and grandparents with the confidence and knowledge that their children are safe. Ideally, the Columbus Community Center provides the children in our community with programs that help broaden their horizons, challenge their imaginations, and find the hero within. Our children will have the opportunity to soar beyond their expectations.
    The Columbus Community Center has made a tremendous difference in the community and has impacted thousands of youth and families over the past 69 years. CCC provides an opportunity for everyone to attain the best possible physical, scholastic, moral and school training. Some activities may require a small fee. Memberships are always welcome!
    Our After School Program is free to all children and their families. Surrounded by low and moderate income neighborhoods, the schools that our students attend serve over 1200 students from one of Columbus’ poorest and highest crime populations. Ninety five percent of the students are on free or reduced lunches and are below state averages in almost every subject especially reading. Fifty percent of the families are living below the poverty level and the majority of the families are headed by single female parents. These students need additional support to meet the state minimum standards on state competency test.
    Our goal is to:
    • Improve grade levels in common core areas
    • Provide a safe environment for youth in the community
    • Develop an appreciation for the arts
    • Encourage community involvement, enhance social skills and foster positive social behavior
    • Enhance college awareness for career goals

    Some of our programs include:

    a) Active Educational Programs
    b) After School Programs for Elementary
    c) Computer Lab
    d) Arts and Crafts
    e) Communication Skills
    f) Life Skills Workshops
    g) Character Education Workshops
    h) One-on-one Tutoring
    i) Homework Assistance

    After-school programs and learning centers do make a difference. Specifically, after-school programs have been shown to:

    • Increase student achievement, attendance and graduation rates
    • Increase exposure to career options and preparedness for education after high school
    • Increase physical activity and nutritious snacks
    • Improve social relations with peers and adults
    • Decrease use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
    • Decrease youth violence and crime, including gang activity


    Still, too few youth, have access to quality after school programs. In the March 2015 edition of The After- School Alliance the state of Georgia reported:

    • 40% of children would be enrolled in a afterschool program if one were available to them
    • 18% of children were unsupervised after school in 2014 for an average of 7.08 hours per week

    • Only 16% of the children in Georgia participate in afterschool programs

  • History:
  • The Columbus Community Center (CCC), previously known as the Tenth Street Community Center and Fifth Avenue Community Center, has been a pillar of this community for over 69 years. Children from all over the Columbus area have grown up with the Community Center since its inception in 1946.
    The founders of the Community Center were Mrs. E. B. Coffee, Mrs. J.M. Grant and Mrs. Dorothea Kitchen, black educators. The Center has been a partner of the United Way since it was known as the United Givers. Historically, the Center was one of the first community center for blacks. Since that time, however, it has opened its doors to all people, regardless of race, creed, age or religious background.
    The present home of the Community Center is the generous donation from the late John and Eleana Amos. Mr. Amos was the Founder and President of American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC). Because of this donation the Center can better serve our citizens and provide meaningful activities for all the people in the Columbus area.

  • Year established:1946
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:12

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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