Youth Services:

Community Center

Evergreen Villages Community
Center Program


The Community Center provides economically disadvantaged children and youth who live in Evergreen Villages, a 180 unit HUD-supported apartment complex, with a safe place, caring adults and constructive activities that encourage positive social, emotional, and cognitive outcomes.



The center serves children attending Garfield Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School and Capital High School. Activities and programs are designed to increase academic success and social skills, build nonviolent conflict resolution skills, and prevent violence, tobacco and other drug use.

Children and youth learn how to work productively with others, exercise personal responsibility, and set and meet high standards and goals for themselves, building important skills for school, work, and life success. Additional services, resources and referrals are provided for families.


What We Do


Provide after school and summer activities for over 90 children and youth on a monthly basis.

Homework help at Evergreen Villages

Offer activities that focus on helping children and youth with homework, teach social and life skills, provide drug and alcohol prevention programs, provide youth leadership and community service opportunities, and encourage positive relationships.

Provide social skill-building activities, sports, games, arts and crafts, cultural activities, and a group snack time all within an environment that strengthens character, focusing on the values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring.

Serve as a USDA Summer Lunch Program Site and offers a Summer Breakfast Program.

Serve as a Satellite Food Outreach Site in collaboration with the Thurston County Food Bank.

Work with many community partners to ensure continued success and a variety of programming.

Provide all programs and services free of charge to the children, youth and families at Evergreen Villages.Tutoring



"I learned to do the right thing in school."


"What is most fun and helpful about the Neighborhood Center is everyone can be here and that we have computers to get school work done."


"I like participating in all kinds of new activities."


Additional Community Partners


Community Garden support


Community Youth Services
Provides AmeriCorps Member and Career Trek volunteers


Timberland Regional Library
Quarterly programs and free book give-away


The Evergreen State College
Volunteers, interns and work-study students


South Sound Reading Foundation
Books and story time


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington
Youth mentors


Lacey Sunrise Lions
Youth activities, snacks and food