Q: How has the Haldeman Community changed throughout the years?
When the Center first opened, we had months of clean up, before we could open its doors. In our early days, we would rent the building out for different sporting activities. Today we have dinners, trade days, craft shows, etc. In fact, we have one of the biggest car shows in the area. We also have many programs specifically for children. We have Kids Day, Halloween Festival, Christmas Party and our latest is the After School Program. Children are what we are about. We receive donations from the community and from outside of the community.
Q: Why do you think the Haldeman Community Center is a vital part to the community?
We are a vital part of the community, because we have a structured work of activities and programs for families and children. Every year we have more show up to the activities we host as well as our dinners.
Q: What kind of work do you do with the Haldeman Community Center?
I am the Director of Scheduling. Helping me is Thomas L. May, Jr who is the Treasurer. I organize the different events and programs of the Haldeman Hayes Crossing Community Center. I am also the Co-Coordinator of the After School Program alongside Joy Gritton.
Q: What would you like to see happen to the Haldeman Community in the future?
Number one would be for our loan to purchase the building to be paid off. In addition, I would like to see completion and restoration of building. With the completion of the building we would be able to add more rooms to enhance our Outreach Programs in the community. Also, I hope that we will be able tofinish the park for the children in our area, have more room for parking, and it would be wonderful to have a room for our kitchen and a meeting room.
Q: What has been your most memorable or rewarding experience you’ve had with the Haldeman Center since becoming a board member?
The children. The look on their faces as they play basketball and other games, running up and down the floor. Seeing them enjoy the Kids Day of all the free food, drinks and games to play. The children will dress up for the Halloween Festival, seeing Santa Claus, receiving their free bag from Santa.
Q: Please write a brief summary of the Haldeman Community Center for those who are unfamiliar with it and the work they do.
I believe our Mission says it all: “Our mission is to provide a place for those in the community to meet for fellowship, to provide our children a safe haven away from drugs, foster the dramatic and musical arts, by providing a place for their practice and performance and to help sustain and enhance the year-round economic, educational, recreational and social well being of residents, while preserving the historical nature of the building. We also rent the building out for parties, reunions, etc. We are in the process of becoming a Red Cross emergency shelter. Seasonal events are free to all.”</p>
Q: Why should people get involved with the After School Program and the Center’s other endeavors?
You get so much joy out of volunteering and helping others.
Q: What are some specific projects, equipment, or supplies that the Haldeman Community Center require in order to keep operating?
We are always in need of items for the After School Program. Completing the rest of the building would allow us to offer more programs. Money is one of the most important things that we need in order to keep us operating.