Killeen, Texas. Clements Boys & Girls Clubs have proudly served youth in the Fort Hood Region since 1964. The “Club” has grown from humble beginnings in an old army barracks off of Rancier Avenue, to a regional youth development institution serving over 2,220 youth per day in 22 Club sites in Killeen, Harker Heights, and Nolanville.
Those beginnings are attributed to a select few foundational fathers. One of whose contributions to the organization were memorialized in 1975 when Killeen Boys Club was renamed the C. R. Clements Boys Club. Mr. Clements, a former Chairman of the Board of First National Bank Texas, a founding board member of the Club, a published author, and a generous philanthropist was an instrumental volunteer leader and donor in the Club’s first building campaign to develop the facility on Veteran Blvd.
Today, the two institutions for which Mr. Clements’s legacy is so deeply entrenched continue to work together in pursuit of the Boys & Girls Club Mission – to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive citizens. That work was evidenced recently by a generous and impactful donation from the First Community Foundation – the 501c3 arm of First National Bank Texas – to support the Clements Boys & Girls Clubs Food Program at their Woody Hall Unit.
“We are proud to carry on a legacy of support to our local Boys & Girls Club which began with the Bank’s former Chairman of the Board Mr. C.R. Clements many decades ago. The Clements Boys & Girls Clubs create places where children can connect, learn and grow in a safe environment. Proper nutrition is a critical component in the learning and development process.”- Bobby Hoxworth, First National Bank Texas President and CEO
In 2004, volunteer leaders and staff members of Clements Boys & Girls Clubs opened the doors to a 62,000 square foot facility that would drastically impact the trajectory of their local youth development organization. In 2013, the Woody Hall unit qualified, under the Texas Department of Agriculture and CACFP standards, to receive reimbursements for dinners served to youth under the At-Risk After School Meals component of CACFP. To date, Clements Boys & Girls Clubs have served over 200,000 nutritious dinners to Woody Hall Club members under the FP assistance partnership
“In the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Movement our Club sites are known as “places to become,” because as soon as a member enters a Club, they are provided with the tools to pursue their dreams.” “For hundreds of Clubs members and their parents, the Woody Hall Unit on Trimmier Rd, in Killeen has also developed a reputation as the “place” to get a healthy meal,” said Calvin Darthard, Deputy CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas and Woody Hall Branch Director.
Last year, due program measurement challenge that assesses regional economic growth to determine CACFP eligibility the Woody Hall Unit briefly lost the ability to provide food security to over 235 youth per day at the Woody Hall Unit- 73% of which qualify for free or reduced lunch based on their family’s household income.
“The Food Program has grown to become a fundamental tenant of our service to the community,” said Darthard. We were devastated by the brief disruption in our Food Program and incredibly grateful for the investment from a generational community partner such as First National Bank Texas which allowed the Club to provide over 5,000 dinners to our members.”