Community Center
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Mayor Kellogg and Alderman Crudup at the Community Center

Location:
15320 Center Avenue
Harvey, Illinois 60426
708-596-7876 (phone)
708-596-7872 (fax)

Mission

The New Harvey Community Center is designed to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals within the Harvey community. It is the goal of the Harvey Community Center and its staff to help develop the full potential of all individuals who walk though its doors.

The Harvey Community Center is dedicated to supporting all agencies and community groups designed to bring a better quality of life to the people of Harvey.

History

In the early 1950s, '60s and '70s, the Morrison Furniture store was a thriving business in the City of Harvey. By the late '90s, the building lay dormant. In a partnership of vision between Ingalls Hospital and the City of Harvey, former Ingalls President Jimmy Jones, Joan Millender and City of Harvey officials came together and a created the "Harvey Community Center Foundation."

The furniture store, out of the generosity of the Morrison family, was then donated to the City. The City totally renovated and transformed this facility into the new "Harvey Community Center." The doors were officially opened in November 2003.

What's It All About?

The Harvey Community Center is a spacious building that has numerous educational rooms, a computer lab, a full kitchen, cafeteria, many office spaces and the huge Joan Millender Ballroom. There are three levels in this magnificent building, a loading dock, elevators, an unfinished basement and an outdoor basketball court/recreation area.

The Harvey Community Center is available for both private events and community gatherings. Please contact the Community Center for availability and pricing.

Programs

After School Program: Operation Kids
In an effort to provide positive alternatives for the children of Harvey during after-school hours, the New Harvey Community Center, under the directives of Mayor Eric J. Kellogg and in collaboration with the South Suburban YMCA, has developed a program that targets and benefits children between the ages of 6-18 years old. The program is entitled: Operation Kids, Children in Need of Daily Supervision.

Due to the rising number of parents who are working, children are often home alone and/or unsupervised on the street. They are exposed to violence, drugs, crime, alcohol and other dangers.

This program gives the children the opportunity to receive academic assistance, develop life skills, enjoy parental involvement, participate in recreational and cultural activities and gain exposure to positive adult mentors.

The program is supportive of parents, and it provides support networks, workshops and activities that encourage family bonding. Additionally, parents are comforted by the fact that their children are participating in safe, structured, activities while they work and/or attend school.

Operation Kids consists of five components:

Academic Enrichment
All participants are provided time and space to complete required homework, receive tutoring and participate in enrichment programs that encourages creativity. The New Harvey Community Center works hand and hand with the School Districts to help raise reading and math levels. There are reading and math enrichment activities implemented that parallel the curriculum utilized in the schools.

Life Skills Development
All participants engage in age-appropriate character-building activities, as well as abstinence education about risky behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual activity, criminal involvement and interpersonal violence. Participants will participate in career development activities.

Parental Involvement
Parents and guardians are welcome to volunteer in the program and may be hired if their skills and experience match employment availability. Additionally, parents are invited to attend monthly information meetings, quarterly focus groups and semi-annual open house events.

Recreational Activities
Board games, organized play, arts and crafts, field trips and cultural outings all make up the activities. Field trips are planned monthly.  Participation in these trips is earned by attending the program consistently, having improved behavior in school and having no illegal involvement. Additionally, the youth are able to participate in organized competitive sports within the amateur athletic union.

Mentoring
Positive adults are recruited from within the community and surrounding areas to act as mentors for the youth enrolled in the program. Once the appropriate background checks are completed, mentors are linked with children to share their knowledge, time and expertise.

For more information on these programs, please call the Harvey Community Center at 708-596-7876.

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Mayor's Welcome
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Eric J. Kellogg
Mayor