Our History

OUR HISTORY

Pictured: Mark Sheehan, Executive Director; Louis Robinson, Founder
Like many success stories, ours started with a group of people with a dream. On November 25, 2002 a group of community members gathered at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to put heads together and discuss the idea of opening a Boys & Girls Club in the Lynchburg area and the steps that would be necessary to do so. With the passion and endless efforts of community members by August 12th, 2003 the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg was incorporated! The next step was vital; finding the perfect location. The Club needed to be housed where it could make the most impact in the community and enable us to service the most young people in need that we possibly could. Mr. Louis Robinson, our founder, took interest in the Craddock-Terry building on the corner of 12th and Madison Streets. This location, in the heart of downtown Lynchburg, had been vacant for quite some time and was perfect for the new club. Mr. Holcomb Hughes approached the owner of the building, T.D. Thornton of Progress Printing. Mr. Thornton and his family were excited about our vision and we had a new home. After, the board was notified and began to raise funds for renovations. Next, we found our Executive Director. Mark Sheehan, an esteemed 30 year veteran of the Boys & Girls Club was hired all the way from Syracuse, NY to run our new club. By December 9th, 2005 the doors to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg had opened with 27 members, three staff, and a number of dedicated volunteers. On October 22, 2013 a second clubhouse opened located in DeWitt Cottage on the Campus of HumanKind (formerly Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and the Family Alliance. With our DeWitt Clubhouse we are now able to serve up to 175 youth each and every day.Today, more than 250 boys and girls ranging in age 6 to 18 participate in the programs, activities and services provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg. We average 131 youth daily with a 95% retention rate and an admission waiting list of over 40 kids. It is amazing to look at the story of what such a small group of people can accomplish with dedication and a dream. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the people that made and continue to make this possible. What we bring to Lynchburg is truly saving lives.

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