Q: How long have you been involved with the Haldeman Community?
I have been involved with the Haldeman Community Center since 2009.
Q: How long have you been a board member of the Haldeman Community Center?
I have been a board member since 2011..
Q: How has the Haldeman Community changed throughout the years?
It is growing little by little. At each event we have more people in attendance. Since the brickyard and school moved, the community has gone downhill with no intent to improve until the Community Center was established. Things began to look up thanks to our president, Don Johnson and Rosemary Johnson. They have worked hard to lead the Center to a higher place to enjoy.
Q: Why do you think the Haldeman Community Center is a vital part to the community?
One of the most important things is that we have been approved by the Red Cross for an emergency shelter during a disaster. We have a gas generator if the electricity goes out, so that we can operate the lights and heat. It is also where everyone can come and enjoy themselves because it is a drug and alcohol free place.
Q: What kind of work do you do with the Haldeman Community Center?
I help keep the facility clean and help to repair things. I also set up and prepare for events that are held at the Center.
Q: What would you like to see happen to the Haldeman Community in the future?
First, I’d like to see more people in the communities of Haldeman and Hayes Crossing to take more on an interest in the Haldeman Center. It would be a great place to go and take your family for good times and a happy place for everyone. I’d like for events to be remembered by the whole community.
Q: What has been your most memorable or rewarding experience you’ve had with the Haldeman Center since becoming a board member?
One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had is watching the little children learning and playing during the After School Program.
Q: Please write a brief summary of the Haldeman Community Center for those who are unfamiliar with it and the work they do.
We have several annual events which includes the Haldeman After School Program, which runs two months in the spring and two months in the fall. We have a community gathering once a year called the Haldeman Hayes Crossing Community Reunion. We also have a Halloween and Christmas program for the kids in the community. A gospel singing is held once a month. We also have a gourd festival every September. There are lots of other events held at the Center as well.
Q: Why should people get involved with the After School Program and the Center’s other endeavors?
Once you come and watch these little children work and play you will want to take part in it. They are our future generation. People should come and help raise them up to be leaders in the community.
Q: What are some specific projects, equipment, or supplies that the Haldeman Community Center require in order to keep operating?
We operate on donations. The events we have like the pancake breakfast, bean suppers, trade days, car shows, and chili suppers all require donation of time and/or supplies in order to happen. I would like to have the ceiling lowered so that it will cost less to heat. Most of all, I would like to see more people in the community to take an interest and become actively involved in the Center. The Center has the potential to do great things if more people would invest some time and effort into it.