Programs

Boxwood Soccer Club

Soccer team with trophyStorm, Thunder, and Lightning all sound like weather advisory warnings. However, they are the names of the teams that represent the East Carver Heights neighborhood.

The teams have definitely made a name for themselves in Columbus soccer. Soccer has opened doors for many of the players. Once they graduate U12, many of them are invited to play on other teams. While they were coaches in Atlanta, Coaches Greg and Lisa have had players play in high school, college, and even professionally.

Soccer has been a way to teach the players social skills, keep them on track academically, and dream about a real future.

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Path To Shine®

mentor with studentPath To Shine® is a mentoring and tutoring program for elementary school children. Our purpose is to provide academic and social support to encourage children to thrive in school and build self-confidence to achieve their dreams.

Path To Shine® Columbus began with a group of children from East Carver Heights who were learning about teamwork, rules, honesty, and sportsmanship through the game of soccer. Thanks to the husband and wife team of Greg and Lisa Herring and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, in February 2014, the children also began benefiting from Path To Shine®’s after-school program.

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Boxwood Friends and Neighborhood Network

Boxwood familiesAs the Boxwood Soccer Club program grew, many volunteers noticed a recurring theme: At the end of the month, our families were running out of food.

Everyone agreed that this problem needed a solution, but no one felt that solution was giving away food. So instead, Lisa Herring found a program that was providing food and connecting families to resources, and, most importantly, at its root, it served as a guide in helping people build community. That program was Food Security for America, and in 2019 The Boxwood F.A.N.N. was formed.

Food Security for America’s vision is An America where everyone has the certainty of a healthy meal and the opportunity to connect and grow with their neighbors.

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East Carver Heights