Thanks to the generosity of 340+ households, nearly $800,000 was raised in our initial Capital Campaign. In May of 2018, The Village Club & Preserve closed on the property at 2261 SW Racquet Club Dr. in Palm City.
So much potential! The 10-acre property upon which we operate has undergone a transformation over the past year. The above rendering, provided pro-bono by Raul Ocampo & Associates, shows the layout & plan we're building toward.
In February 2019, construction on the buildings began! In June 2019, the Big Pool renovation was completed. The "Grace Pavilion" is up and the Clubhouse is open! We've come a long way in a year and were excited to celebrate our Grand Opening on June 29, 2019.
The VCP is run entirely by dedicated volunteers, with a growing roster of area businesses working with us to attain our year-one building goals. Already, thousands of volunteer hours have been logged in the planning stage and through community workdays and independent work to rehab and maintain the grounds.
In November 2018, we welcomed 237 runners and their guests to the grounds of the VCP for our 2018 Inaugural "Run for the Village" 5K & Fun Run. Over $16,000 was raised, used toward the construction of a fitness trail on the property. In addition to our regular programming, the VCP will promote fitness through events like this in the future.
The VCP is more than "just a club." Our focus is service, creating community, and offering life-enriching athletic and educational programming. Our members, through their financial support and ongoing pledges, as well as giving of their time and expertise, play a key role in bringing our vision to fruition.
The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) is a Florida non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of local families through youth athletics and enrichment programs. It is our mission to provide attainable sports and swimming lessons, as well as foster community engagement through educational programming and activities hosted on our grounds.
The Village Club & Preserve has four mission-driven project areas:
1. Youth Swimming & Tennis: We seek to make tennis and swimming lessons attainable to area youth, regardless of financial background. Through partnerships with other non-profits and our own scholarship fund, we allow families to 1) obtain life-saving swimming skills for their children, 2) benefit from the character-building lessons in our sports programs.
2. Community Partnerships: We partner with local non-profit organizations to fulfill their missions in the area of youth athletics, specifically serving the development of 1) less-advantaged children and 2) special needs youth in our community.
3. Village Enrichment Program: The Village Enrichment program provides area youth and their families with opportunities to learn and grow through:
Preserve Speaker Series: Host engaging speakers and hands-on workshops in the area of history, gardening, wildlife, art, and wellness.
A Walk in the Park: Perimeter walking path that encourages fitness and learning through strategically placed plaques, educating guests on native plants, wildlife, and Florida/Martin County history.
Provide facilities for: K-5 tutoring, organized-play classes, and mentoring activities during the school-week.
4. Community Engagement: Committed members of The Village Club & Preserve are are pivotal to furthering The Village’s mission, modeling a healthy, active lifestyle for our youth, encouraging adults to become or remain active throughout their lives, and providing both a source of revenue and pool of committed volunteers and donors to sustain and preserve our organization. Members will be recognized in a number of ways throughout the year, and their support will directly impact our ability to provide low-cost athletic lessons and enrichment programs for local youth.