Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Gets New Activity Center from Dominion Energy
The New Year brings a new look to the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula thanks to a $60,000 donation from the Dominion Energy Foundation. The game room, which is a multi-purpose space for group activities, tutoring, dining, and table games like ping pong and pool, will be named the Dominion Energy Activity Center. It will have new floors, a new computer lab, new library, and a fresh coat of paint. The new addition will provide the kids and teens with a much-needed area to spend their afternoons and summers.
“The game room is the heart of the Boys & Girls Club where kids can be kids,” said President & CEO Hal Smith. “It’s a fun place to be, and Club members often don’t realize they’re building character and learning life lessons, too.”
Dominion Energy employees also pitched in some sweat equity in a volunteer project coordinated by External Affairs Manager Melanie Beale. It was like homecoming for two of the volunteers who belonged to the club when they were growing up back in the 70’s and 80’s. Sylvester “Sly” Pope is now a Supervisor at the Yorktown Power Station, and Earnest Greene is External Affairs Manager based in Petersburg.
“The Club gave me direction and positive activities to keep us out of trouble,” said Pope. “I’m excited to visit the Club and give back.”
“The Club was my safe haven, and it showed me that I could achieve whatever I wanted if I put my mind to it,” said Greene. “I graduated from Howard University, and I was the first in my family to receive a college degree.”
A ribbon cutting for the new Dominion Energy Activity Center will take place in the Spring. Greene and Pope both say they’ll be there.
"This is a special place,” Greene reminisced.