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GCCF Grant Spotlight: The Boys Farm

The Boys Farm was created with the purpose of providing a Christian, charitable and educational home to boys in need of assistance. The organization provides love, training, understanding andT guidance to meet the spiritual, as well as physical needs, of the young men in their care. They serve at-risk youth between the ages of six and 21, primarily from the Midlands of South Carolina.

Greater Chapin Community Foundation awarded a grant to the organization during the 2020 grant cycle for their Summer Reading Contest. During this program, children select books from a list provided by the local school district and read at least four books during the 12-week program. Participants write book reports on the books they read and receive prizes for goals achieved. Over 35 children participated in this year’s program. The children developed stronger reading habits and improved their reading skills so they are on track to read at grade level.

“We were excited to receive the [GCCF’s] funding, which allowed us to purchase books for the children to read as well as purchase the prizes and incentives to motivate them to strive to meet the goals of the program,” Andre Jennings explained.

Like many nonprofits, the pandemic has impacted The Boys Farm. The organization had to cancel many of its traditional fundraising events but has seen an increased demand for services. This increased need has increased their expenses, including paying for more meals and additional supplies for cleaning and sanitization. They also expanded their afterschool academic support programs due to the hybrid schooling adopted by Newberry County.

Greater Chapin Community Foundation is proud to provide support to this wonderful organization. The generous contributions to the GCCF’s endowment support local nonprofits, like The Boys Farm. To learn more about GCCF or give to the endowment, click here.

To learn more about The Boys Farm, visit their website or call (803) 278-5910.