Our mission:

Community. Activity. Honesty. Learning. Safety. Creativity.

The Southside Community Center of Elmira NY provides year-round out of school-time childcare and programming including structured recreation, education, enrichment for school age youth Monday – Friday including a nutritious snack and a warm dinner, completely FREE of charge.

Our Mission

The mission of the Southside Community Center is to foster the development of self-esteem and positive values in its young people by maintaining a wholesome relationship between staff and youth, and offering relevant youth development and delinquency prevention programming.


Years Serving the Community

The Southside Community Center first opened in 1976. Read more about our history serving the community here.

Our Programs

The Southside Community Center offers many programs to the kids who attend. This includes daily structured recreation, education, and enrichment activities. These programs teach the children valuable skills, sometimes without them even knowing it!


The Southside Community Center has a gymnasium and access to the Parley Coburn playground, a Computer Lab, a Maker Space, as well as a main room. We always have at least one staff member with the kids in each category and all clubs throughout our program time.

Community Partnerships

We partner with many outside organizations including the Chemung County Youth Bureau, United Way of the Southern Tier, Tanglewood, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and many other organizations for activities at the center as well as field trips.

MAY 2018 | WENY

Seeing [the kids] energized and caring for one another -- it was really impactful on me.

Jaydan Jackson | Read Full Article

Southside Community Center, Inc.
Donation Request Letter
215 Partridge St. (PO Box 4187)
Elmira NY 14904

To Whom It May Concern:
The Southside Community Center, Inc. (SCC) has proudly been providing out of
school time childcare, educational, enriching programming for 45-years.
SCC provides a safe and empowering environment for school age children
completely 100% FREE to children and families. SCC operates Monday - Friday
2 pm - 6 pm. Children receive a healthy nutritious snack upon arrival and each
night at 5pm we serve a hot homestyle dinner. Looking back over 2021 SCC had
its challenges as did many with COVID-19, however through the struggles, SCC
proudly stayed strong to help the children and families as they strive to be
their best selves.

SCC proudly engaged with 2,810 youth, we served 1,727 healthy nutritious
snacks, and 1,040 home style dinners. Our youth were able to experience arts
and culture through educational field trips and in-house enrichment programming.
SCC staff are dedicated in empower children and families to grow and becomes
their best selves. Your generous donation will help support SCC programming
as we help children and families strive to be their best selves.
Examples of areas of support are:
• $10.00 Donation can help to provide healthy nutritious snacks.
• $25.00 Donation will help to provide craft/educational/enrichment supplies.
• $50.00 Donation will help to provide sport and recreation equipment.
• $100.00 Donation would sponsor a youth for a month.
• $500.00 Donation would fund two fieldtrips/transportation for our youth.

On behalf of SCC Board of Directors, Leadership, Staff, and of course, our
youth we would like to thank you in advance for your generous donation.

Kindest Regards,
Executive Officers 
President - Aaron Alsheimer
Vice President - Aletha Rollins
Secretary - Diane Wilbur
Treasurer - Tammy Little

Tammy Miller
Sandy Micknich-Clark

Youth Program Director
- Anthony Charles Novakowski

Get Involved

Whether it be registering your child, offering your volunteering services, or making a donation, there are many ways to get involved with the Center. We are here to serve the community, and we love when the community gets involved.

Register Your Child

Register your child to attend the Center, open from 2pm - 6pm on school days and all school breaks.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Southside Community Center to have a real impact on the children of the community.

Make a Donation

Donate to the Southside Community Center to help keep our doors open for all the children of the community.