The Germantown Neighborhood Center makes strengthening the community our cause by offering affordable programs to low-income families, developing self-esteem programs for youth, opening a food pantry to help feed families, and through so many programs that promote hope and reassurance towards a fulfilling life of opportunity. Over 4000 kids, adults, and seniors turn to the Germantown Neighborhood Center each year for assistance as we continually develop new ways of providing social and financial support.
We count on the generosity of our greater community and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.
History and Mission
Since 1982, the Germantown Neighborhood Center has been providing critical support services, needed resources, programs and workshops to the youth and families of the Germantown community and neighboring communities of Quincy. Located within one of Quincy's largest public housing developments, the Germantown Neighborhood Center serves a community of mostly low-income, single parent households. Many of the children and families experience a significant lack of positive and developmental assets due to social and financial poverty. There is a lack of access to support services, lack of positive adult role models, high incidence of drug and alcohol dependency, and much more. This is where the Germantown Neighborhood Center comes in and plays a crucial role by providing hope and reassurance that everyone can have a fulfilling life of opportunity by working towards the goal of self -sufficiency. Together we can break the cycle of generational poverty.
The Germantown Neighborhood Center works with support and guidance from the South Shore YMCA to identify and develop strategies to address community needs. Our youth programs are set in place to give kids a safe environment where they can grow and learn positive values that they will carry on. Women's programs are designed to get women out of the house and building relationships with other women who face the same situations. Childcare and dinner are provided with most of our women's programs so we can help make their lives a little easier. We encourage women to get the whole family out to a place where the kids can have fun and play while mom meets other women and engages in skill-building workshops.
The food pantry serves residents all over the city of Quincy with food assistance as times get harder for a lot of people. We are able to help with making sure there is food on the table and people don't go hungry. The Holiday Assistance program lifts a burden off the shoulders of many families during a time that is very difficult financially. These are just some of the ways that the Germantown Neighborhood Center works to assist those with needs and helps to make life a little bit easier for deserving families. There will always be people in need out there and we are constantly trying to raise more money, add more programs, and do all that we can to help. Our programs and services work toward giving community members the skills, confidence, and resources to take action and improve their lives.
How You Can Help
- Monetary donations go to support our Youth, Women, and Family Programs
- We are always looking for people who can donate their time to instruct a class
- Food Donations or Supermarket Gift Card Donations for our Food Pantry
- Volunteer to put baskets together for our Holiday Program
- Volunteer to help stock or service clients in our Food Pantry
- We accept furniture and appliance donations (call ahead)