Welcome to the Farmington Community Center. Thanks for taking the time to visit our site, we're happy to have you.
The Farmington Community Center has a long history in the community, as many students walked the halls of the old school and made many memories. Today, those former students and members of the community are making new memories.
Laura Mathis, the previous director, worked diligently to preserve both the buildings and the history. The community will be forever indebted to her for the work and passion she poured into the Farmington Community Center. Under her care, the center and the community received distinction on the National Register of Historic Places and the buildings received a major renovation. Because of the hard work of Laura, countless volunteers and the generous donations we have received, this place has become more than just a facility that holds a lot of memories. It now is a place were families can come to not only reminiscence of days gone by, but one in which to make new memories to share for generations to come. We're a facility that is full of life, an organization that is growing, and an important piece of Farmington history that is still thriving.
As the Executive Director, it is my mission to continue the good work that has already been completed at the center and to further enhance the facilities and the programs available each week. The Farmington Community Center is more than a set of buildings and a piece of land. It is a place of activity and service for the community. Come find your place at the Center with... Senior citizens enjoying fellowship and a hot meal five days a week Teens who meet twice a month to hang out and play and eat together Kids and teens who use the facilities for club meetings Kids and adults playing ball on the field Musicians tuning their instruments for the weekly Bluegrass Jam Farmers coming to sell their produce at the Farmers Market Local families using the facilities for special occasions Nature lovers coming out to explore the Nature Park and hike the trail
It takes a lot of work to keep up a facility like this and there is always something that needs to be done. Being a non-profit means that we have to rely heavily on the dedication of volunteers and we are so appreciative of those who give of their time, talents, and resources to keep the Center thriving. We are proud to have recently been approved as a certifying organization with the President's Volunteer Service Award program. Volunteers will now be rewarded on a national level for their hours of service and recognized for their great contribution of valuable time.
It is an honor to serve this organization and the surrounding community. I hope that you will come by to visit the Farmington Community Center soon to see for yourself what makes this place special and maybe to make some memories of your own.
Warmest Regards, Melanie Forbes Cook Executive Director
Farmington Community Association Board February 11, 2012 Annual Meeting Executive Director's Report
Programs Update In 2011, the Davie Senior Services program served 75 different seniors with the yearly total served being 2,199. Numbers have declined from last year due in part to failing health of some of the seniors and a reduction of hours for the program. Program is free for seniors age 60 & up. The Davie United Way granted $10,000 toward the cost of housing the program.
In 2011, the Teen Gathering Place program served 131 different teens with the yearly total served being 1,316. Numbers have nearly doubled from last year and volunteers for the program have increased as well. Program is free for youth ages 12 & up. The Davie United Way granted $4,000 toward the cost of the program.
New for 2012, is the Growing a Healthier Future program that will include a Youth Garden, a Youth Market, and classes that will teach horticulture, preserving and marketing produce, and healthy cooking classes. The classes will be open to all ages and the Youth Garden & Market can be shared by families who are wanting to participate in the program together. We are currently applying for grants to aid in the cost of the program.
Farmers Market The market ran from June- September and was very successful. Around 20 vendors participated during the market season with an increase of about 40% from 2010. The market continues to take pride in supporting our local farmers and being a market that provides local homegrown and handmade items.
2011 Fundraisers The Friday Night Bluegrass Jam raised around $6,000 in 2011 with a 50% increase from 2010. All of the proceeds from the Bluegrass Jam has went toward the cafeteria renovation.
The Farmington Expo event raised over $500 in 2011. Proceeds from the event was split between the Cafeteria Renovation and New Playground projects.
The Tour of Farmington raised around $4,500 in 2011, up from $2,000 in 2010. Proceeds from the event went toward the Nature Park project.
Grants Received in 2011 A grant of $10,000 was received from the County of Davie. These funds are used throughout the year toward maintenance cost of the grounds and the building facilities.
Grants totaling $1500 was received from Walmart Inc. $1,250 went toward the Nature Park project and $250 went into general funds.
Donations Received in 2011 The former Farmington Medical Center was donated to the Farmington Community Center in December. The medical center's Board of Directors turned over the property to the community center to be used in a way that would benefit the center, either through renting out the facility or by selling the property and use the funds where needed at the community center.
Total assessed value approx. $210,000.
Cash donations that were given in 2011 totaled $3,478. All of which were designated to the cafeteria renovation.
Meeting Needs in the Community The Farmington Community Center continues to work toward “Preserving the Past to Promote the Future” by continuing to renovate and preserve this historic facility for the use of families for generations to come. Our goal is not only to preserve the facility, but to put it to work for the community. Along with the programs offered at the center, we also house the Farmington Ruritans, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Good Timers Square Dance, and Davie Co. Coon Hunters clubs and provide a place for the Davie Cooperative Extension to host their Junior Master Gardener Day Camp. We support those with disabilities with our Farmington Deaf Social & Sarah's Davie Friends clubs. There is currently the Country Partner Line Dance Class and Zumba Classes offered at the community center and the Friday Night Bluegrass Jam which provides a place for people to come and enjoy music by local musicians.
As a recreational facility, we are continuing to work toward making improvements to the recreational areas so that local teams will have a place to practice their sport and families will have a place to enjoy healthy activities. In the near future we will be installing a new playground and are also working toward providing biking & hiking trails along with other activities on the land designated for the future Nature Park.
Something to Celebrate The Farmington Community Center is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places as being within the Historic District of Farmington.
Dates to Remember April 27 -29 Farmington Intertribal Powow July 21 , FCC's Anniversary Celebration October 13,Tour of Farmington