The Community Garden greenhouse
takes shape in the Fall of 2016 under the watchful eye of Miriam Peppers.

It's Summertime and Morris Grove reads to the children in the neighborhood.

The 2015 Bike Rodeo in the community

****Kids looking for high school and college volunteer hours are needed for tutoring, camp counselors, office, garden, etc.
​Contact the Rogers Road Community Center for more information.

... and just plain fun

Christmas Toy Drive

Porch Food Program

Program Descriptions
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Food Bank​
Our food bank feeds 70 families! All of the food is donated from PORCH and distributed twice monthly on Fridays.

  • After School Tutoring
    Our free after-school tutoring program is designed to help approximately 30 students in grades 1–10 with math, reading, spelling, and end-of-grade (EOG) testing. We communicate with the students’ teachers and counselor about homework assignments and to determine where the most help is needed. The program is overseen by Ms. Karen Reid, an award-winning, retired schoolteacher from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District, and most tutors are UNC students. This program runs from mid-September through the first week of May, Monday–Thursday, from 3–5:30 PM.
    After-school snacks are included.

  • Friday Activities
    This afternoon program includes a wide variety of activities, including movies, foosball, air hockey, basketball, educational games, science projects, art classes, and a dance class (hip hop, ballet, and jazz). The program is supervised by RENA staff, and many of the activities are led by UNC students.
  • EOG Tutoring
    The focus in our after-school tutoring program shifts in February to helping students prepare for end-of -grade (EOG) testing. As part of this program, students are pre-tested to identify the areas in which they need the most help. They are then tested again after the program to determine the tutoring’s effectiveness. 

  • Kitchen Service
    Students learn about healthy eating, the basics of food preparation, and the etiquette and safety of working in a kitchen. Minister Robert Campbell, retired chef, teaches students on a rotating basis during the after-school program. Monday–Thursday.

  • Office Support
    Interested students in the after-school program receive training in basic office skills such as clerical work, typing, receptionist duties, and event support.

  • Athletic Programs
    The RENA Community Center hosts basketball and soccer programs! These events generally happen during after-school program hours and are led by UNC students.

  • Back to School Bash











    ​The annual Back-to-School Bash is one of our biggest events of the year!
    Come join us in this all-day community celebration of the new school year, where we distribute hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to students from all over the region
  •  2017






    This year, in spite of the heavy rains that finally ended in the afternoon, we provided food including yummy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, Maple View ice cream, presentations by school resource officers at the church, and a bouncy house! David Caldwell and Andre from the sheriffs office served up crunchy hot popcorn, snow cones and sodas for the kids in the center parking lot.
      This event is sponsored in partnership with Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love International Church and occurs on the second Saturday of August, from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.
      Here are some images from this year's 2017 Back to School Bash




















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  • Christmas Toy Drive
    Last year, over 150 families received free toys through our Christmas toy drive. We start collecting donations of toys and funds from the public on December 1st, and the giveaway occurs the weekend before Christmas. 

  • Unity in the Community
    Join us for a day of live entertainment, food, free health screenings, fellowship, and family fun! This year’s celebration also included a rope skipping demonstration by the Bouncing Bulldogs, ice cream from Maple View, a martial arts demonstration by Mr. Mark Purefoy, singing by Kenneth Dula, and a yard sale to benefit the Rogers Road Community Center. We hosted voter registration services, fingerprinting and fire safety information by the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Fire Departments, and demonstrations of healthy food preparation. Over 500 people attended! This annual event occurs the third Saturday in April, 11 AM–3 PM, rain or shine.

    Partners for Unity in Community include: St. Paul AME (the event’s founders); Habitat for Humanity; Justice United; EmPowerment, Inc.; Veggie Van; the Episcopal Church of the Advocate; the Marian Cheek Jackson Center; Piedmont Health Services; United Church of Chapel Hill; Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love International Church; Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute; the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center; Phoenix Place Homeowners Association; the Grape Arbor Development Corporation; and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. 

  • Summer Enrichment Camp

Kids, join us for summer enrichment camp at the Rogers Road Community Center! This five-week program follows an educational curriculum tied to school standards in math, reading, and writing, as well as including enrichment activities such as gardening, building a solar-powered car with teachers from Durham Technical Community College, learning animal care from animal shelter personnel, and participating in a bike rodeo! Camp lasts for five weeks (June 29–July 31, 2015), and attendance at one of six orientation sessions is required (morning or afternoon on June 24, June 25, or June 26). Students from 1st grade (age 5) to 16 years old are eligible. Total cost is $25 per child; $20 per child if you enroll three or more children. Includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Registration is open now.


  • Community Garden

Our master gardener is preparing the garden to be moved to its new location in front of the old community house at the end of Edgar Street. Join us! We need volunteers with strong backs to help move, dig, and plant the garden. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection, and clothing appropriate for garden work. We are also in the process of raising funds to purchase a greenhouse. All food from the garden will be distributed to the neighborhood. 

  • Halloween Fall Festival 2016
    This free event took place at the Community Center during the weekend before or on Halloween. This year it was the Bingo table, Face Painting by Wonder Woman, rap dancing, hot dogs and chips, and the haunted room in the community center with tricky candy bowls that scared the kids. Boo!


    Click here to see the YouTube slideshow - let it load and then set to HD in settings

  • Big Sweep Clean-up Days
    This community clean-up effort happens twice a year, in April and September. We pick up debris, power-wash houses, rake yards, and generally straighten up the neighborhood. We focus especially on the homes of senior citizens and on areas that otherwise go “unclaimed,” stretching down Millhouse Road, to the end of Eubanks Road, and back down to Homestead. This is an all-volunteer event! Many thanks to our friends from UNC, Faith Tabernacle, the community, and the RENA staff for making the Big Sweep Clean-up Days a success.

  • Computer Classes
    Are you a beginner when it comes to computers? Learn the basics of accessing the internet and electronic document manipulation. These classes are offered to adults in the evenings, Monday–Friday.

  • Movie Nights​​
    Join us at the movies! Every other Friday, during warm weather, we’ll set up a screen and watch a movie outside, starting at dusk. If the weather is uncooperative, we’ll start inside at 7:30 PM. The movie is free; concessions (hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, etc.) are each $1. The movies are usually PG- or G-rated and aimed for all ages. See fliers for information about upcoming movies.

  • Cooking Classes
    Chef Robert Campbell, guest chef Nancie McDermott, and volunteers from the farmer’s market teach kids how to prepare healthy meals and make healthy choices in eating. Dishes include fried rice, fresh market salad, and turnip casserole. Students will prepare, serve, and eat delicious meals, and then clean up afterward. Classes are held on occasional Fridays from 3 PM–5 PM (contact the Community Center for more details).

  • ESL
    Coming soon! The Rogers Road Community Center is partnering with local schools to host classes in English as a second language (ESL) for kids and adults. These classes will take place in the evenings, sometime between 5 PM and 7 PM.

Click here to see the Fall Fest YouTube slideshow - 
let it load and then set to HD in settings

Community Garden