Current Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs:  The foundation has partnered with four Raleigh Boys & Girls Clubs to allow kids to attend their summer camp programs.  We provide transportation through our Nessie Bus and fund the daily attendance fees for each camper.

Our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs enable kids to grow and excel through the mentoring, leadership and life skills taught at the clubs. The Clubs’ offer programs in the following five categories: the arts; character & leadership development; education & career development; health & life skills; and sports, fitness & recreation.

Community Garden:  Nessie Foundation partnered with Parrish Manor, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to plan, develop, and manage a community garden.  This program grew into the backyard garden program let by Parrish Manor youth called Raise the Roots.  The group builds and coordinates the individual plots that residents can use to have their own fresh vegetables and fruits.

Outdoor Games & Recreation:  Nessie Foundation manages the Parrish Manor recreation field to create healthy lifestyle opportunities for over 1,000 residents at Parrish Manor. The recreation park has a basketball court, natural play area, and features a 100 x 100 yard multi-purpose field that offers multiple opportunities for fitness and play.  We can co-mingle activities such as soccer, kickball, and flag football with kite flying and picnicking.

The field has open play times and we also offer an outdoor after-school activity club for kids ages 6-16 during the fall and spring.  Through the club, children learn about and practice good nutrition and physical activity habits through fun, team-based after-school strategies.

The goals of these recreation programs are to get families to enjoy the outdoors and to empower them to make healthy choices they can use throughout their lives.

We are very fortunate to have received Healthy Places, Active Spaces grant from April 2011 thru April 2014.   The grant, an initiative of The Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch (PAN), was intended to increase the capacity of community organizations to implement sustainable physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for underserved children and youth in Wake County.  The Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch in the N.C. Division of Public Health and the N.C. Public Health Foundation are responsible for the administration of these grant funds, provided by the John Rex Endowment.

Through this grant, we were able to expand the built environment at the recreation field to include soccer goals, basketball court, sidewalk walking trail, and a natural play area.

This grant will allow us to enhance the infrastucture of the recreation park and help organize the activity clubs and outdoor programs for youth and adults.

Cooking Classes: Throughout the year we offer youth cooking classes through the Wake County Cooperative Extension – EFNEP program.  This program introduces school aged kids to the proper ways to prepare and cook food, the importance of eating a balanced nutritious diet, and allows them to gain experience at planning and cooking their own food.

Bike Shop:  We have partnered with Wake County Cooperative Extension – 4H to offer a Bike Shop to teens at Parrish Manor.  The course teaches bike repair skills that enable the teens to not only repair their bikes but to repair the bikes of younger kids throughout the community.



4500 Parrish Manor Drive, Garner, NC 27529