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What is Carver Ranches?

May 25th, 2011

To find out, we asked Dr. Gay Outler, president of the Carver Ranches Boys & Girls Club.

The answer?

Carver Ranches was named after George Washington Carver.  The community’s beginnings go back to former military veterans who were given stipends to buy homes after their service.   Originally largely African American, Carvers Ranch is now much more racially diverse.  It has always been a tight-knit community despite its economic challenges.  Carvers Ranch has been the home for many a successful South Florida lawyer, doctor, religious and political leader who are known to speak proudly of the community and continually reinvest in it.  One example is something called the “Mecca Celebration” – an annual reunion of a community of African American preachers who grew up in Carver Ranches and now have growing churches around the state and country.  Last year they donated ten laptop computers to the Boys & Girls Club.

The Carver Ranches Boys & Girls Club is the only club in Florida that serves two counties – both Broward and Dade.  According to Dr. Gay Outler, president of the local club, the Carver Ranches Boys & Girls Club is a vital lifeline for many in the community – particularly single working mothers who need a clean, safe, and fun place to study and play after school.  Dr. Outler says the club has a “beacon for over 25 years showing children the ‘right’ way to go.”  A particular focus is getting children to “accept themselves” and build self confidence and sense of purpose so they can avoid temptations and trouble in the high school years.

“Our children are so proud and so thankful,” Dr. Outler said about the upcoming service project.  “When we heard the news about OmnicomCares and what they wanted to do, we just sat in amazement,” she said adding, “We’re so thankful and all the children are walking around with their heads up high and so proud that their school was chosen.”

The service project is just around the corner, Saturday, June 11th.  There’s still time to sign up and help.

“So often we feel forgotten,” said Dr. Outler.  “It is such a blessing to know that someone cares.”

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