Home. For many, the word evokes love, warmth, fond memories and the security that leads ultimately to healthy self-esteem and responsible adulthood.
But for too many of the youngest and most vulnerable in our communities—our children—home is insecure, frightening, unreliable and sometimes non-existent. And for too many parents, employment uncertainty, lack of education, health crises and other circumstances beyond their control diminish the time and nurturing they can offer their children.
Funds raised throughout the campaign directly support operations at the center’s residential facilities in Yadkin and Surry Counties. Those facilities provide support for children and families from throughout Northwest North Carolina.
Giving is easy through the "Contribute Now" link below. However, those who wish to give may also send a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend to P.O. Box 692, Dobson, North Carolina 27017.
The Christmas Card campaign is special, as the youth living in our homes take part in the campaign. Each youth competes in an art competition for the card’s design.
In these tough economic times, it is the generosity of the community which allows us to continue to provide a nurturing home to children in need of one. We thank you for your previous and ongoing support of the children we serve.
The Children’s Center expresses its gratitude to its Board of Directors, both past and present, its staff, volunteers and the citizens of Northwest North Carolina for their continued support. It is only through the efforts of all local citizens that the Children’s Center continues to improve the quality of life for children in need.
The Children’s Center is funded by a combination of Federal, State and County funds, special grants and contributions from local businesses, churches, civic groups and individuals. Please help make a difference in the life of a child by mailing a tax-deductible contribution made out to the Children’s Center to the below address below or by using our secure Contribute Now portal.
Children’s Center of Northwest
PO Box 692
Dobson, NC 27017
The Children’s Center’s Heart of a Child fundraiser, held at Cross Creek Country Club, is one of the pillars of annual support for the Children’s Center. The event, always scheduled near Valentine’s Day, gives guests the opportunity to celebrate the holiday while showing love for children who reside at the Children’s Center.
Although the Children’s Center receives funds from grants and private donations, the Heart of a Child and the Adam L. Marion Golf Tournament in the spring are the Center’s two primary vehicles for raising funds. Funds from both major events allow the Children’s Center to operate residential homes in Surry and Yadkin counties that provide safe and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children.
Pfc. Adam Marion’s life ended in 2008, but his legacy lives through an annual golf tournament that benefits the Children’s Center. Adam was 26 when a rocket attack outside of Sadr City, Iraq, claimed his life while he was deployed as part of a North Carolina National Guard unit tasked with performing route-clearance missions.
Adam’s parents Donnie and Pam Marion said the Children’s Center was a cause near and dear to their son’s heart. He was employed by the center in early adulthood, and he continued to volunteer at the center after joining the National Guard.
After Adam Marion’s death, family friends John Lawson and Ralph Holt had the idea to hold a golf benefit in his name, with proceeds going to support the Children’s Center. Per the Marion family’s wishes, those dollars are restricted for use in capital projects to support the Children’s Center’s mission.
Competitive Grants and Local Funding
Dobson Lions Club
HH Webb & Nora Midkiff Webb Benevolent Trust
James. M. Frye Endowment of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes & Yadkin Counties
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Social Services
NCFI Barnhardt Foundation
North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission
Partners Behavioral Health Management
Rockingham County Youth Services
Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Smart Start
Surry Community College – Individual Clubs/Organization
Surry County United Fund
Surry Sunrise Rotary
United Way Forsyth
Winston-Salem Foundation – Elkin/Tri-County Grants
Yadkin County Human Services
Yadkin County United Fund
Yadkin Valley United Fund