A community where all people have their basic needs met and can grow to achieve their full potential.
We enhance the community by addressing the human needs of wellness, belongingness and esteem.
As we promote the development of individuals, families and neighborhoods, we hold these values to guide us in our decisions:
Understanding of the community as a whole;
Respecting the individuals within the community;
Ensuring integrity and ethics in our relationships;
Appreciating people’s needs and aspirations;
Striving to be a hub and place of choice for community engagement;
Encouraging community members and organizations to work together to meet the needs of the community; and
Promoting activities and outcomes that enhance the lives of our community members.
About us – Claymont Community Center was founded by community leaders in 1975 to support the needs of children and families in Claymont, Delaware. The center operates from the former Claymont High School, which was built in 1924 and is rich in U.S. history. One historic turning point occurred in September 1952, when a legal decision enabled 11 African American students to attend Claymont High School. They were the first African Americans to legally integrate in the 17 states that allowed school segregation. This was one of the cornerstone cases cited in the Brown v. Board of Education decision that made segregation illegal and helped jump-start the Civil Rights Movement.
In the years since, we have expanded our service area to the communities surrounding Claymont, and we have welcomed generations of residents through our doors. As a result of a unique mix of our own programs and tenant agencies, we now provide a broad range of activities and services for thousands of people each year.
A nonprofit organization, Claymont Community Center is operated by the Brandywine Community Resource Council, Inc. We are funded through the Delaware Grant-in-Aid Program, United Way of Delaware, and contributions from other government agencies, corporations, foundations, community organizations, businesses, and individuals.