The CARE Center is a community collaborator with New Hope Elementary and High School, Owens Cross Roads Elementary and Madison County Elementary and High School through the Fuel Their Hunger to Learn education initiative. Our objective is to provide students with access to enrichment opportunities, academic remediation and emergency services that previously were unavailable locally. We expect students in our program to grow academically, develop age appropriate social and emotional skills and for their family unit to be strengthened. This is accomplished by giving students access to weekly academic support, enrichment programs and emergency services that lead to student success, growth and development.
21st Century Community Learning Center Grants
The CARE Center continues to serve families in southeast Madison County with after school co-curricular and summer camp programs. These afterschool and summer camp programs serve as a safe haven for more than 250 students daily at four different sites: Madison County Elementary, New Hope Elementary and Owens Cross Roads Schools as well as New Hope High School. Students and their parents rely on the program to provide school work assistance, STEM activities, reading, art enrichment, physical activity, nutritious snacks, character education, and participation in service learning activities. Students who are enrolled in The CARE Center’s 21stCCLC programs have experienced drastic improvements in grades and character!
For more information about our afterschool program at Madison County Elementary School, please CLICK HERE!
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For more information about our afterschool program at Owens Cross Roads School, CLICK HERE!
Bags of Blessings
The CARE Center’s Bags of Blessings is a weekend food security program that has partnered with New Hope Elementary and High School and Owens Cross Roads School to provide meal packs to school children who qualify for this programs. In many cases, the meals at school are the only healthy meals these children receive. The meal packs are distributed discreetly into the child’s backpack on Fridays and help supplement children through the weekend. Larger packs are handed out for Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break. By providing weekend food to children, school administrators have reported an increase in their attendance, test scores, and a decrease in behavioral issues; ultimately allowing the children to take their focus off their hunger crisis and put it back on their school work and learning.
Special thanks to our Member Churches who support this ministry with volunteers, donations, and food drives. We are especially grateful to our community partners, such as Venturi, Kiwanis Club and D&F Equipment for their continued support of volunteers and financial support to this vital ministry! We appreciate you all so much for making a life-long difference and a lasting commitment to our youth.
School Day Volunteer Tutors and Mentors
The CARE Center provides volunteers who serve as tutors and lunch buddies during the school day at each of our partnering schools (NHES, NHHS, OCRS, MCES and MCHS.) Volunteers work one-on-one with students and/or teachers to help overcome academic barriers. Lunch buddies are volunteers assigned to a student in need of a mentor. They will meet during the student’s assigned lunch time, preferably one time per week. For more information regarding our volunteer opportunities, please call our main office at 256-723-2273.