Members of the Roosevelt Community Watch are teaming up with Clover town officials to raise money for improvements to the community building at Roosevelt Park.
Members of the nonprofit community group want to launch new programs at the community building - starting with an after-school tutoring program for area school children.
"I have a vested interest in the community and the children in the community," said Willie Phillips, 58, president of the group. "I'd like to see the group branch out and do more, offer more services to the community."
Clover Town Manager Allison Harvey said the 20-year-old, town-owned white mobile unit at Roosevelt Park needs improvements inside and out.
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"It was a building that was donated, and it's been used for storage and meeting space," Harvey said. "But the interior of the building has seen better days, and so has the exterior."
Estimates for the improvements total at least $10,000, she said, although material donations might help reduce the cost. Needed improvements include underpinning and roofing, new siding and interior remodeling.
The project has not been approved by the Clover Town Council and bids have not been sought, Harvey said, but town officials have discussed matching what can be raised from the community.
"There is some excitement being generated, and there is some support in the community for it," Harvey said. "There's a great chance of this being a viable project."
Harvey and Roosevelt Community Watch members have been working on plans for a tutorial program at the center that would be operated by the Clover YMCA.
Linda McCallum, director of the Clover Y, hopes the tutorial program can start in August.
McCallum is looking to hire a site director and aims to start the program with about 15 children. Parents would pay a minimal fee for the program or swap tutorial services for volunteer hours or take self-improvement classes on nutrition or other topics.
"It's a true collaboration for everyone," McCallum said about the program, which she said would receive donated materials from the Clover school district. Volunteer tutors would be needed from the community, she said.
Phillips and other Roosevelt Community Watch members said they would like the building to eventually host other community programs, such as a support program for seniors and a computer training program.
"We don't know what the community will be needing in the future," said Bobby Kennedy, a member of the community watch. "But these are some of the things we'd like to get rolling."
There isn't money in the current town budget for the community building project, Harvey said, but the town will begin budget discussions for the coming year in May.
Town officials also have sought support for the effort from some local civic groups.
An improved building would make the park look nicer, and could eventually result in other, longer-term benefits, she said.
"If the program grows and we need more space," Harvey said, "what a wonderful problem to have - if we have such success that we need to look for a bigger space."