Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina received a $4,000 grant from International Paper Foundation to provide summer recreation therapy experiences for students living on the campus of Boys and Girls Homes. The nonprofit that serves youth and families who are at-risk or distressed focused the International Paper Foundation grant funds on providing first-time summer recreation therapy experiences such as trips to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, a ride on the Southport to Fort Fisher ferry, Battleship North Carolina, UNCW Ropes Course, Jungle Rapids, Crossfire Paintball and Nerf, the Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park and Shark Wake Park in Myrtle Beach.
At the Grand Prix Family Race Park, all residents attended and were able to ride go karts on seven tracks many times. One resident exclaimed: "That was the most fun ever," after finishing their first race. Another young resident was elated when he was allowed to drive a go kart by himself at the end of the outing.
The Crossfire Paintball and Nerf outing “was highly requested by our residents, and they had a great time!” according to Kelly Coughlin, LRT, CTRS.
Boys and Girls Homes is grateful for the continued generous giving from International Paper Foundation to our residents. Since 2017, International Paper Foundation has given more than $24,000 in grants to support many different Boys and Girls Homes programs. Please see table below for grant distributions.
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina
Headquartered in Lake Waccamaw, NC since 1954, Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina has served more than 7,500 children as a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. BGHNC offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, Success Coach services to prevent children from coming into foster care, and free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, equine therapy and a chapel. More than 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by BGHNC at any given time. BGHNC operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. BGHNC is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation. To learn more, please visit https://boysandgirlshomes.org/
International Paper Foundation
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global producer of planet-friendly packaging, pulp and other fiber-based products, and one of North America's largest recyclers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 39,000 colleagues globally who are committed to creating what's next. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2022 were $21.2 billion. More information about their giving program can be found at https://www.internationalpaper.com/giving.