News & Events

August 24, 2015Child Care Costs on the Rise
June 25, 2014ECU football players visit kids at summer camp
June 19, 2015McDonald's Provides summer meals for thousands of ENC kids
March 11, 2015Black History Month Winner Celebration
December 2014Cub Scout 9 Helps Out Little Willie Center
December 2014Toys for Tots
September 18, 2014Little Willie Center Receives $10,000 Check
September 6, 2014"Making a World of Difference" VISION Capital Campaign Kick-Off Event
September 4, 2014Renee Arrington Recognized as a Hometown Hero
August 8, 2014U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. visits Little Willie Center


Rabies Vaccines free to all Pitt County cats and dogs! West Greenville Residents qualify for free Distemper vaccines and sign up for free Spay/Neuter surgeries.

SATURDAY October 10th, 2015
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Little Willie Center,
807 West 5th St. Greenville

Bring Owner’s Information: Name, Physical & Mailing Address, County of Residence , Phone #AND Pet Information: Name, Cat/Dog, Breed, Color/Description, Sex, Plus any past rabies shot history.
For more information: Pitt County Animal Services at 252-902-1725
West Greenville Residents call 252-364-7131 for information about free spay/neutering.


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Child Care Costs on the Rise
By: Zora Stephenson, WNCT

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- This year’s latest report from Child Care Aware estimates parents in North Carolina spend $3,800 a year on after school programs. That number is 60 dollars more than last year. With thousands of working parents, turning to school care comes with a cost.

The cost of after-school child care in Greenville varies:
Vidant Wellness Center Costs $320 a month.
The county offers a program that rings in at $165 a month.
Private companies like Jump Fit cost $80 a week.
The Little Willie Center costs $25 a month, but requires parents to volunteer two hours a week.

As prices continue to rise, the hefty costs are forcing parents to make some tough decisions. Jennifer Roberson says she has four children that went to the Little Willie Center for after school care. She told WNCT if it weren’t for their reduced rates she would have to send her kids home after school without supervision. Roberson says after school programs are important in a child’s upbringing.

“That’s how they wind up getting in the streets, getting in things they are not supposed to get into to, and you have kids that at a young age are spending the rest of their life in prison,” Roberson said. “Where if they had somewhere to go to help and guide them, some guidance and leadership they maybe wouldn’t be in those predicaments.”

Roberson says its sad that child care is so expensive, and there should be more affordable options.

The state of North Carolina passed a measure earlier this month that restores child care subsidies, its more lenient on how income levels play a factor in qualifying.

Click to read on WNCT


ECU football players visit kids at summer camp
By: Dave Jordan, WITN

Some ECU football players teamed up with the Little Willie Center in Greenville Thursday for a day full of football and autograph signing.
The players visited the children at the Little Willie Center summer camp for a community outreach project for an intern who works at the center.
The players say they really enjoy reaching out to the community in Greenville, especially with children.
The Little Willie Center is a non-profit agency that provides a safe and positive environment for children in Greenville.
During the event, the players held field day activities with the children, answered questions that they had for them, and signed autographs.
The kids said they were so excited to get to know some of their biggest local celebrities -- the players were just as excited to meet their fans.
Pamela Romito -- an intern and graduating senior at ECU -- organized the event.

Click to read on WITN


McDonald's Provides summer meals for thousands of ENC kids
By: Dave Jordan/Brendan King, WITN

For some kids during the summer- a good meal can be hard to come by. But Friday - a 'familiar clown' helped donate thousands of meals for hungry children.
It was Ronald McDonald himself that brought smiles and food for deserving kids at the Little Willie Center in Greenville around lunchtime.
At the beginning of May - over 40 eastern Carolina McDonald's restaurants pledged to provide the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina with thousands of free happy meals.
Friday they payed up with 8,000 free meals.
There weren't any sodas or fries either - but apple slices and juice.
The food bank says over 300,000 children in their service area lose access to free or reduced price lunches over the summer - and these programs help fill that void.
Organizers say the donation was a blessing.
The food bank says they'll distribute the meals- via a coupon - through over 130 summer meal programs in the area.

Click to read on WITN


Black History Month Winner Celebration
On March 11, 2015, Mayor Allen Thomas of Greenville announced three Little Willie Center students as winners for their drawings for Black History Month. The Little Willie Center had 15 students enter into the competition. Marvin N. Arrington, Jr., Chairman, had this to say:

…“Programs and partnerships like these from U.S. Cellular promote great opportunities for children to learn and be reminded of their great history. These children can see that they are tremendously blessed because so many have gone before them and have laid a solid foundation for them to stand on and reach high in life. Through God and His love for all children, we’ve been able to impact hundreds of children over the past twenty six years and we pray to continue to show that love to hundreds more!”

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Cub Scout Pack 9 Collects Shoes
Cub Scout 9 from Covenant Church recently collected shoes for the Little Willie Center as a service project. The pack also collected food for the center's Christmas meal.
Click to see article on the Daily Reflector


Toys for Tots
The Little Willie Center will be a 2014 Distribution site for Toys for Tots.


Little Willie Center Receives $10,000 Check
On September 18, The Little Willie Center was presented a check in the amount of $10,000 by the KidCents Marketing Assets program of The Rite Aid Foundation.
KidCents is an effort by The Rite Aid Foundation that helps children in the local communities Rite Aid serves. Rite Aid customers can choose to round-up purchases at Rite Aid to the nearest dollar and donate the change to help support kid-focused charities. The Little Willie Center is thrilled to accept this generous donation, and looks forward to all the many areas this money will benefit within the organization.

Click to Read About it at WNCT.

Watch a Video at WNCT.

Click to Read About it at WITN.


"Making a World of Difference" VISION Capital Campaign Kick-Off Event. - September 6, 2014
Little Willie Center Office, Saturday, September 6, 9 - 11am.
Volunteers, church partners and community invited to attend. Sponsored by U.S. Cellular.

Click to Read About it at WNCT.

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Renee Arrington Recognized as a Hometown Hero - September 4, 2014
Evangelist Renee Arrington, founder of The Little Willie Center, was recognized by WIDU Radio (Fayetteville) and TCP Magazine (Raleigh) at a luncheon in Greenville on September 4. Presented with a framed certificate of honor, it reads, “On behalf of WIDU Radio & TCP Magazine, we take great pride and consider it a privilege in recognizing and honoring you as a Hometown Hero on this 4th day of September 2014. Your unselfish service to your community which has brightened the lives of so many for countless years certainly deserves you this honor. Woman of God, we salute you, we honor you, we celebrate you, truly a vessel of honor in our eyes; but more importantly; in the eyesight of God, as we salute you as Greenville’s Hometown Hero!


U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. visits Little Willie Center - August 8, 2014
By Abbie Bennett
The Daily Reflector
Friday, August 8, 2014

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. visited Greenville’s Little Willie Center on Friday to express his support for the center, calling it “a great success story.”

Volunteers, parents and children were gathered at the Little Willie Center for a session of the summer lunch program when Jones arrived. Jones spoke with many of the people at the event, and was treated to a dance performance by 4-year-old Adaja Bryant.

The center, which opened in 1990, provides 40 children with after-school services. The center’s mission has expanded in recent years, including oversight of a collaborative community effort called the “Open Gate Project,” which strives to promote education services and workforce development training.

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