What's a community center?

the power of Children International Community Centers

67 community centers offer a safe haven to vulnerable kids

Dangerous environments and situations await many of our children and families, especially those in urban neighborhoods. There, the need for safe places is even greater.

Our community centers bring together people who inspire each other. They stand as a testament to our long-term investment in our communities. Beyond the bricks and mortar, these buildings are transformed by the energy and passion of the people who visit — staff, volunteers, parents, children and youth.

The path out of danger and poverty passes right through the front door of a Children International community center.

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What will you see in a community center? 

Open, airy spaces, easy access to services and a bright, cheerful atmosphere are hallmarks of each building. They bring communities together and serve as an oasis of hope for our most precious resource … children and youth. 

Every center is different based on its size and the needs of the community, but many include:

Medical clinics

Dental clinics




Computer labs

Activity spaces & meeting rooms

Sport courts &

The center of it all

Children International community centers offer a variety of crucial benefits for children and youth, all supporting our goal of breaking their cycle of poverty. Want to visit a community center and see your impact in person? Find out how.

The heart of our work

Most Children International kids don’t have safe, clean places to spend time in. Our community centers provide that! Places where families are treated with dignity and kids escape negative influences such as gang recruitment, violence and drugs.

The talented, selfless staff members, volunteers and supporters who ensure our kids feel valued, emotionally secure and unconditionally loved are the heart of Children International.

We hire inspired and compassionate people from the countries we serve, those who understand our families and their challenges and who genuinely care about our children. Our teams provide emotional stability during tough times, encourage children to have confidence in themselves, and ensure our programs are effective and meaningful. These extraordinary people are the reason we are able to help hundreds of thousands of impoverished children around the world.

Does every child have access to a Children International community center? For the most part. We build our facilities in locations where the vast majority of our families live. In a few locations, though  particularly the most remote  we can’t centralize our services and benefits in one location. Instead, we use smaller local facilities, such as volunteers’ homes or government-operated sports courts.

the ripple effect

Children International centers don’t just improve the lives of impoverished children and youth. They also lift up entire communities! They’re a powerful symbol that our kids and families matter and that we care enough to invest in their communities.  

Want to learn more?

Contact our Global Philanthropy Team at 800-888-3089 or philanthropy@children.org.

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